April 18, 2022

PHOTOS: Far-right 'anti-grooming' protesters attempt, and fail, to block Disney World entrance last weekend

Far-right "patriots," and fringe conservative candidates, descended on Disney World in Orlando last weekend for a QAnon-adjacent protest against the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which was recently signed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.

Calling for boycotts, carrying Confederate flags and baselessly accusing the company of pedophilia, Saturday's event involved around 100 attendees, most of which were not from Orlando—like Autotrader heir Kurt Jantz (who is also a MAGA-themed rapper named Forgiato Blow), Tampa's Community Patriots organizer Carl Prewitt, "Paint the Trump" artist Jeff Sonksen, and Born to Ride for 45 "godfather" George Colella, among others.

The "anti—grooming" rally also featured some of Florida's more far-right candidates, including two-time Tampa Bay congressional failure and CD-13 candidate Christine Quinn,  anti-Muslim CD-11 bigot Laura Loomer , and state Rep. Anthony Sabatini, who, besides wearing blackface, is running for CD-7.

Other Florida candidates reportedly at the event include Anna Paulina Luna, Willie Montague, and Luis Miguel.

At one point during the day, the group reportedly intended to block an entrance into Disney World, but mistakenly blocked an entrance to Disney Springs, which is a free, outdoor entertainment district outside of the parks.

Here are a few of the photos from the event via CL photographer Dave Decker. 
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PHOTOS: Far-right protesters attempt, and fail, to blockade Disney World last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
PHOTOS: Far-right protesters attempt, and fail, to blockade Disney World last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
PHOTOS: Far-right protesters attempt, and fail, to blockade Disney World last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
PHOTOS: Far-right protesters attempt, and fail, to blockade Disney World last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker
PHOTOS: Far-right protesters attempt, and fail, to blockade Disney World last weekend
Photo by Dave Decker

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