It’s simply ‘left-wing propaganda’ that Governor DeSantis’ crack down on Disney World privileges in Florida ultimately will hurt taxpayers, Bill O’Reilly tells Glenn. In fact, Disney gets what it deserves, he says. Because while company executives continue to proclaim woke and inclusive messages, the park’s insane price gauging prevents an average family of four from visiting. The Disney brand may be destroyed forever, O’Reilly says, but there IS some good news: Disney’s new reality may be proof that the American people FINALLY are taking a ‘ferocious’ stand against the woke left.
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GLENN: Right. So let's talk about Disney.
BILL: Oh, I love this story.
Disney stock -- and I sold it, when they first started going woke. I had it, and I said, this is not going to work. Thirty-five percent down, year to year. Okay? Thirty-five percent. Hit a yearly low yesterday.
State of Florida pulled out all their tax credits, which they've had since Walt Disney himself, Beck. Negotiated the deal in Orlando, Florida, with the state.
To build Disney World. Now, Disney has to pay all the taxes on that sweetheart deal they had.
That's going to cost them tens of millions of dollars.
In addition, every traditional family in this country, hates Disney. Right?
Am I right?
GLENN: Yeah. No. You're right.
BILL: Because they attack the family. They said, we want your 5-year-old in school, to discuss gender identity. That's what Disney is promoting.
I mean, this is almost suicidal. Is it not?
GLENN: I -- I think it is. But I want to -- I want to switch. We're going to have to take a quick break. And I want to switch.
So the House, yesterday, the Florida House, approved the bill that had passed the Senate to dissolve all of their special exemptions, for the state. The -- you know, they used to have the run of their own property. Et cetera, et cetera.
However, this burden of money, is now going to also shift to the taxpayers. And I'm wondering how that's going to play out long-term. So we'll get your point of view on that, coming up in just a second.
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GLENN: This is the Glenn Beck Program. Bill O'Reilly is with us. Bill, we were talking about Disney. And I know how this deal was put together. I know why it was put together. I know why Florida made the deal.
However, those days are past. Now, he has just said that Disney will no longer have their own -- their own building inspectors and everything else.
However, it appears as though, this burden now is going to go on to the taxpayer. And they're saying, the county -- what county is it? Osceola.
STU: Two of them. Two of them.
PAT: Orange and Osceola, I believe.
GLENN: Yeah. They say this could increase property taxes by 20 percent, beginning next year.
BILL: It doesn't have to happen. And I'll explain it in a moment. But give me a minute at the end of this segment because I have something interesting to tell you.
BILL: Okay. So all big counties have to do, where Disney world is, is to pass local taxes.
And you can do that in a variety of different ways. For example, you can have a local 2 percent tax on parking. So people who park in any Disney facility, which is, you know, in the county, have to pay an extra 2 percent to the county. You see what I'm saying? So you can make that money up easy. This isn't about the people are not going to get hammered. This is the left-wing propaganda, that always has. Okay?
GLENN: I know that -- I mean, there's no way that Ron DeSantis missed this one. That's just what we're hearing.
BILL: No. No. All they have to do is fly me down there. And I'll give them, how you can do your local taxes to make more money than you have now. So nobody has to get taxed.
GLENN: I will tell you, it will change the feel of Disney World. You know, when you get off the highway exit for Disney World, it's manicured lawns. The blacktop is black. I mean, the stripes on the road.
The means are well-maintained. That's because Disney has done it. The state and the county is -- they're not going to do that. They'll maintain it like they will the rest of the county.
BILL: Maybe that's true. I don't really care. Because I'm not going to Disney World. I took my kids there. And I don't blame any American for taking their children there. But right now, if you go to Disney World, in Orlando, you better bring a lot of money. Because a family of four, spending three days there, you're looking at about five grand. Okay?
GLENN: That's incredible.
BILL: So they're gouging, they're gouging everyone. And this is what gets me. So they're so woke, and they're so noble, and they virtue signal. This is Disney. All day long. Well, poor people can't afford to go into your park. Do you not understand that? Can you not maybe sell discounted tickets, you know, in some way to allow working families to come and enjoy it? Do you have to gouge on every single thing you do?
Because that is the reality of Disney. And we're not even talking about what they do in China. You realize that Disney Shanghai pumps $5 billion into that corporation a year? You know what they pay their workers in Disney Shanghai? About 80 cents an hour. Okay.
I mean, it's just -- I -- every time I turn on. And I never, very rarely do The View. And that's Disney. That's Disney. And I'm going, this is a corporation. But the folks have revoked it, Beck. That CEO who made this crazy thing in Florida, who attacked the family unit there. He's gone.
GLENN: Yeah. Well, it's not his fault though, honestly.
He was -- he wanted to stay out of all of this stuff. I agree with you. He handled it poorly internally, and he should be gone.
But their entire employee roster, it seems.
BILL: Yeah, in Burbank. In Burbank. They let these loons in Hollywood, in LA, run their corporation? That's what they do.
BILL: So you get what you deserve.
The Disney brand -- once the strongest brand in the United States of America. There was no stronger brand, is now destroyed, probably forever.
But this shows you the power of the people. And we're going to see it in November, with the midterm election. All this woke garbage. All of this progressive nonsense. This had to happen. Biden had to happen.
For the backlash, the ferocity of the people. Finally to emerge. And it's going to, Beck. CNN and Disney are just the first two.
GLENN: So here's the thing about the woke left. They hate Disney and its original values. They hated Walt Disney. Himself.
BILL: Sure. Because it's the traditional family. Right.
GLENN: They hated it. So they don't mind if they destroy it. If they can use it, and pervert it, they would much rather do that. But they're going to be happy either way.
BILL: I don't think they'll be happy after November -- when you see what happens in November, I don't think there's going to be one woke progressive happy.
And that's coming up -- almost six months away. And if you think Joe Biden and his new -- and his new national security adviser. The Easter bunny, is going to solve inflation in six months. You know, it's not going to happen.
GLENN: So can I ask you another question, it's been bothering me all week. About the war in Ukraine.
We are -- we went from -- oh, no. We can't. We have to stop Poland, from allowing the Ukrainians to fly away with old Migs. That would be our involvement. Would get us into trouble. To, we just said yesterday, yeah. Here's another billion dollars' worth of howitzers. And high-tech armaments. And Biden said, I'm going to go back and I'm going to ask the Congress for more. What is happening? Are we going to war?
BILL: Sure. It will be Build Back Better Ukraine.
The United States government senses weakness on Putin. All right?
And now they're piling on, to try to take him out, in the sense, if he loses in Ukraine. His power structure in Russia is much, much less. Okay?
That's number one. Number two. The Mig thing is bogus. Because Poland wanted to fly those planes, to a U.S. base. And then have the planes go. Biden didn't say, no. Poland, you can't give the Ukrainians Migs. He didn't want to have our air base used.
And I understood that. Because here's the bottom line on it: The Ukrainian pilots cannot stand up for Russian pilots. They would have been blown out of the sky in three days. I saw it happen with my own eyes, in the Falklands War, when Britain killed every single Argentine pilot, every one in that war. Same thing would have happened -- had the Ukrainians gone up in an air war against Russia. It's a ground war that the Russians are losing. And they are. And that's why NATO and the United States are now flooding the zone with weapons. I don't see a flaw in the strategy.
And I'm not -- you don't negotiate with a guy like Putin, for weakness. And right now, Putin is losing there.
GLENN: But we wanted an arm's-length distance from all of this. Because Biden said, you know, Putin will -- if we get too cozy with Ukraine, and we're doing things on the ground. Putin is just going to blame it on us. And then we'll be sucked into that war.
BILL: Yeah. But no matter what we do, Putin will blame it on us. Right now, you have a coalition, NATO, and the United States. Feeding weaponry into Ukraine. So they can defend themselves. I don't see anything wrong with that.
If you say, well, we don't want to provoke Putin. Putin doesn't need provocation. Putin can say tomorrow, the United States did this to us. We're going to do this.
All right? You're dealing with a guy, who is not a rational guy at this point. And you want to weaken him as much as possible.
GLENN: Did you see I think it's foreign policy, came out with video analysis of Putin, grabbing on to the table and his -- and his puffy throat. They say, at best, it looks like he's on steroids for his back. But he's seen a cancer specialist, 35 times. He may be going through chemo. Do you believe that?
BILL: He looks terrible. I mean, I haven't seen this guy topless in six months.
GLENN: All right.
BILL: All right. He's got problems.
GLENN: All right. Bill.
BILL: Now, listen, I want to tell you something important, Beck. Next week -- and maybe we can talk about next Friday, is the anniversary of Abu Ghraib, breaking in 2004. Okay?
It was a horrible story, and it made the United States look terrible worldwide. And the left latched upon it, to try to destroy Bush the younger.
Everybody remembers Abu Ghraib. Right? Okay. And the mantra of the left was, it doesn't work. The worst interrogation doesn't work.
So in my book, Killing the Killers: The Secret War Against Terrorists comes out May 3rd. And Beck has read it I think twice now. And it refutes that. And it says, in the book, and documented evidence, national security evidence, that the worst interrogation saved hundreds of thousands of lives. And this is a very, very important book. Perhaps, my most important book. Killing the killers.
Because it tells you things that no one knows. And we got it from people who do know. And it's an amazing read. So I hope everybody will check it out. When you hear about Abu Ghraib next week, know you're not being told the truth. Now, the morality of torture. That's something every individual has to decide for themselves. But if your daughter is being raped and killed, as Kayla Mueller was, the poor girl from Arizona, and a guy knows where she is. You tell me, what you would do.
GLENN: Bill O'Reilly, his new book, Killing the Killers. Comes out the first month of May. He joins me on Friday. And you can see him at BillO'Reilly.com. That's BillO'Reilly.com. Bill, God bless. Talk to you again.
BILL: Hope you feel better, Beck. Bye.