Samantha Bee goes after Florida governor Ron DeSantis

On Wednesday’s Full Frontal With Samantha Bee, the host went after Florida Governor Ron Desantis. A recent straw poll of conservative voters showed the governor holding a slight lead for the 2024 presidential race over former President Donald Trump. But as Bee sees it, that’s not necessarily a good thing for DeSantis, or for those who despise Trump.

“Ron DeSantis isn't exactly a genius,” Said Bee. “But even a slightly less dumb, more competent version of Trump could be very dangerous. Whether his agenda is passed or not, DeSantis still wins by signaling his Maga values to a base that may be eager for a Trump 2.0.”

And to detail some of what she thinks makes him dangerous, Bee pointed to DeSantis signing HB1 into law, an anti-riot bill many think is targeting the Black Lives Matter movement. And he recently vetoed funding that would have gone toward housing homeless LGBTQ youths, and counseling for survivors of the Pulse Nightclub Shooting.

“Ron DeSantis is so racist he refers to separating his white laundry from his colors as segregation,” Bee said. “Meanwhile he chose to celebrate the first day of Pride month by banning transgender athletes from competing in girls and womens sports.”

Video transcript

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SAMANTHA BEE: Governor Ron DeSantis, please look into my eyes and [BLEEP] You're one of the worst governors in Florida history, and they had Jeb Bush and Nosferatu.

KYLIE MAR: On "Full Frontal With Samantha Bee" Wednesday, the host went after Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. A recent straw poll of conservative voters had the governor holding a bit of a lead for the 2024 presidential race over former President Donald Trump. But as Samantha sees it, that's not necessarily a good thing.

SAMANTHA BEE: Look, Ron DeSantis isn't exactly a genius. But even a slightly less dumb, more competent version of Trump could be very dangerous. Whether his agenda is past or not, DeSantis still wins by signaling his Maga values to a base that may be eager for a Trump 2.0.

KYLIE MAR: To detail some of what she thinks makes him dangerous, Bee pointed to the HB1 law he signed, an anti-riot bill some think is targeting the Black Lives movement. And he recently vetoed funding that would have gone toward housing homeless LGBTQ youths and counseling for survivors of the Pulse Nightclub shooting.

SAMANTHA BEE: Ron DeSantis is so racist he refers to separating his white laundry from his colors as segregation. Meanwhile, he chose to celebrate the first day of Pride Month by banning transgender athletes from competing in girls and women's sports.

KYLIE MAR: But some fans of the governor were quick to his defense on Twitter, with comments like, oh, thank goodness for Samantha Bee going to warn us of the danger of DeSantis 2024, one of the freest states in the union, some of the lowest numbers. Yes, please, save us from that. And you know, the left thing Governor Ron DeSantis is a real threat when they have Samantha Bee talking about him! Leave our gov alone. And even with support like that, Samantha Bee sees a hard road for Ron.

SAMANTHA BEE: For now, DeSantis' biggest weakness might actually be his popularity. Trumps fragile ego requires him to lash out at anyone who threatens his dominance, so he is unlikely to see the 2024 nomination without a vicious fight.

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