Former South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley went on the attack against Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in his fight against Disney, and many noted that she used a nickname insult coined by former President Donald Trump.
DeSantis has been in feud with the massive corporation over land used by Disney World in the state. On Wednesday, Disney filed a lawsuit against DeSantis, alleging that he and other state officials had waged a "relentless campaign to weaponize government power" against the company.
On Wednesday, Haley, who is running for president, made it clear that she backed the House of Mouse.
"Hey @Disney, my home state will happily accept your 70,000+ jobs if you want to leave Florida. We’ve got great weather, great people, and it’s always a great day in South Carolina!" Haley tweeted with a video of her appearance on Fox News about the issue.
"SC’s not woke, but we’re not sanctimonious about it either," she added.
Haley's jab at DeSantis was not popular among conservatives online who were firmly opposed to Disney's machinations.
"Whoever on your team thinks this is a good tweet, fire them," replied actor Matthew Marsden.
"According to @NikkiHaley , it's 'sanctimonious' for parents to fight Disney for control of their children's classrooms," said Dana Loesch.
"What an absolutely terrible, abysmal take and tone. It’s one thing to quibble with methods used in public policy, but something else to suggest a stand against Disney’s indoctrination of kids is sanctimonious. Such a disappointment," responded Kristen Waggoner, the CEO of the Alliance Defending Freedom.
"Quit pandering to be Trump's VP, you're better than that. This is pathetic," read another tweet.
Others noted that Haley used an insult used against DeSantis by Trump in her tweet.
"Nothing says 'in it to win it' like appropriating and popularizing the frontrunner’s sophomoric nickname for the most viable alternative to the frontrunner in the race," responded Noah Rothman of National Review.
Unlike Haley, DeSantis has not yet announced that he is running for president but many consider him to be Trump's best competition for the Republican nomination in 2024.
A spokesperson for DeSantis responded to the lawsuit from Disney in a statement to CNBC.
"We are unaware of any legal right that a company has to operate its own government or maintain special privileges not held by other businesses in the state," said Taryn Fenske.
"This lawsuit is yet another unfortunate example of their hope to undermine the will of the Florida voters and operate outside the bounds of the law," she added.
Here's more about the Disney-DeSantis feud:
Disney sues Florida Gov. DeSantis amid feud over self-governing privilegeswww.youtube.com
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