The second remark was made in June at a preliminary injunction hearing involving Florida’s “Stop WOKE Act,” which limits discussion of “white man’s privilege” and other racial bias issues during diversity training offered by private employers. According to the filing, Judge Walker cited what was going on between Mr. DeSantis and Disney as an example of a punitive action.
In August, Judge Walker made national headlines for blocking parts of the act, which is officially called the Individual Freedom Act and was championed by Mr. DeSantis.
A spokesman for Disney declined to comment. Judge Walker, who was appointed in 2012 by President Barack Obama, did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Mr. DeSantis and Disney have been sparring for more than a year over a special tax district that encompasses Disney World. The fight started when the company criticized a Florida education law that opponents labeled “Don’t Say Gay” because it limits classroom instruction about gender identity and sexual orientation — angering Mr. DeSantis, who repeatedly vowed payback.
Since then, Florida legislators, at the urging of Mr. DeSantis, have targeted Disney — the state’s largest taxpayer — with a variety of hostile measures. In February, they gave Mr. DeSantis control over government services at Disney World, ending the company’s long-held ability to self-govern its 25,000-acre resort as if it were a county.