Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has dismissed Disney’s lawsuit against the state, calling it political in nature.

The Governor’s administration had earlier revoked Disney’s control of the Reedy Creek district in Orlando, which is home to the Walt Disney World Resort, after the company launched a political campaign against the state for banning the teaching of transgenderism to young children in elementary schools.

Disney’s lawsuit alleges that the state launched a “targeted campaign of government retaliation” against the company’s progressive politics. The media giant has had repeated verbal clashes with the DeSantis administration in the past.

However, Governor DeSantis told reporters during a visit to Jerusalem that he doesn’t believe the lawsuit has any merit, and argued that Disney’s control of the Reedy Creek district was not good for the state, citing concerns over the company’s lack of accountability.

“I don’t think the suit has merit, I think it’s political. They had no transparency, no accountability, none of that, and that arrangement was not good for the state of Florida,” said DeSantis. “We did not think that that should continue, so we now have brought accountability.”

Disney has previously clashed with DeSantis over the handling of the pandemic, with the company criticizing the governor’s approach to the virus. In response, DeSantis accused Disney of being “hypocritical” and suggested that the company was more concerned with the bottom line than public health.

Disney’s lawsuit against the state seeks to overturn the decision to revoke the company’s control of the Reedy Creek district. The company has argued that the move violates the terms of the agreement that granted Disney control of the district and that it was motivated by the company’s political views.

The legal battle between Disney and the state of Florida is ongoing, and it remains to be seen how it will play out.

However, Governor DeSantis has made it clear that he believes his administration’s decision to revoke Disney’s control of the Reedy Creek district was necessary to ensure accountability and transparency.