Colorado Governor Compares DeSantis to Putin

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis (D) likens Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) and his feud with Disney executives to Russian President Vladimir Putin and Hugo Chavez of Venezuela.

Apparently, trying to protect kindergarteners from indoctrination about sexual orientation and gender identity is akin to invading a sovereign nation and killing thousands.

Talk about Rocky Mountain High.

Polis told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Friday that he is appalled by DeSantis’ dissolution of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District (RCID). As he not-so-succinctly observed, “this is what Putin does.”

RCID was created by the Florida legislature to allow the entertainment complex to fund infrastructure and provide its own protections and services — a self-government of sorts. But then, in a bite-the-hand-that-feeds-you scenario, Disney went on the attack against Florida.

Polis loudly asserted that Colorado does not care if a company or organization is liberal or conservative, they are “open for business.” He even adds that he does not care what “your health plan does.” According to the governor, his state does not meddle in an authoritarian way.

Really? Because the same Gov. Jared Polis signed the Reproductive Health Equity Act into law on April 4. Besides enshrining the legal right to abortion, it specifically declares that embryos and even fetuses have no standing under state law.

Further, it forbids public entities in the state from restricting access to abortion. And now, with the controversy surrounding the leaked Supreme Court draft concerning Roe, Colorado is setting itself up as a refuge for abortion. So much for not caring if one is liberal or conservative.

Nevermind that Mountain Disneyland would also be Snowy Disneyland several months out of the year and hardly an amusement park setting. And forget that Mickey and Minnie are unlikely to cross the country to seek asylum when they have many billions invested in a perfect location.

How about the Colorado governor not meddling in the affairs of a state nearly 2,000 miles away? Better yet, how about not comparing a democratically elected and popular US governor with a authoritarian despotic brute who murders thousands of innocent people? That would be a nice start.