Disney, Apple Risk Retribution From GOP After Midterms: Laura Ingraham

Fox News host Laura Ingraham warned on Friday that Disney and Apple could face retribution from the GOP if Republicans gain control after the midterm elections.

"When Republicans get back into power, Apple and Disney need to understand one thing: everything will be on the table, your copyright and trademark protection, your special status within certain states, and even your corporate structure itself," she said during her show The Ingraham Angle.

However, former Donald Trump aide Alyssa Farah Griffin disagreed with her comment, stating that it is "not a conservative position."

"To state the obvious: This is not a conservative position. Fight speech you dislike with your free speech: boycott companies you don't like. Don't use the heavy hand of the federal govt to regulate them," Griffin tweeted Saturday.

The remarks by both conservatives come amid a feud that began between Disney and Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis over the Parental Rights in Education bill, which is also dubbed as the "Don't Say Gay" bill, which was signed into law this week. The law bans public school teachers from speaking about sexual orientation with children who are between the ages of 5 to 9.

"First: laws such as Florida's parental rights and education bill—they're not anti-LGBTQ. They are pro-child and they're aimed at protecting little ones from pre-K through third grade," Ingraham said. "Now, we don't call laws banning kids from driving cars 'anti-automobile,' do we? Right."

Disney vowed that it plans to help repeal the bill after its LGBTQ employees staged a walkout protesting the legislation when the company's CEO Bob Chapek stayed quiet about the issue.

"Florida's HB 1557, also known as the 'Don't Say Gay' bill, should never have passed and should never have been signed into law," a Disney spokesperson said in a statement on Monday.

However, the company's opposition could cost it its self-governing rights as it has been receiving backlash from some conservatives including DeSantis and state Representative Anthony Sabatini.

"Disney has alienated a lot of people now...and so the political influence they're used to wielding, I think has dissipated. And so the question is, why would you want to have special privileges in the law at all? And I don't think that we should," DeSantis said on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Sabatini told Newsweek on Friday that if it was up to him he would call "a special session and Disney would lose all of it."

"If they're governed by local authorities, it's not going to be pretty for them—they'll be subject to all sorts of crazy taxes, rules and regulations. It will make life a living hell for them. They'll be regulated like everybody else," he said.

Apple also has been leading efforts against LGBTQ legislation, with Apple spokesperson Peter Ajemian confirming Friday that the company "regularly lobbies against anti-LGBTQ+ legislation across the states, just as we did in Florida," according to Politico. The company also pushed back against legislation in Iowa that would prohibit transgender girls from taking part in girls' K-12 or college sports.

Ingraham also said on her program that Apple CEO Tim Cook's "corporate spinmeisters employ the same tactics as Disney's by mischaracterizing the laws that they spend millions of dollars lobbying against as anti-LGBTQ when in reality, these laws are aimed at protecting kids and women."

The Fox News host suggested other ways to push back against Disney and Apple over its opposition of anti-LGBTQ legislation.

"Any trust division at [Department of] Justice needs to begin the process of considering which American companies need to be broken up once and for all for competition's sake, and ultimately for the good of the consumers who pay the bills," Ingraham said concluding her show.

Newsweek contacted Laura Ingraham's office, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Disney, and Apple for comments and will update the story once a response is received.

Laura Ingraham: Disney, Apple Risk GOP Retribution
Fox News host Laura Ingraham warned that Disney and Apple could face retribution from the GOP if Republicans gain control after midterm elections. Above, Ingraham speaks during CPAC 2019 February 28, 2019 in National Harbor, Maryland. Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images