The 2024 primaries are still three years away, but Samantha Bee is getting a head start on her prognosticating duties. On Wednesday, the Full Frontal host explained why "racist" Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was identified as Republicans' first choice for president in a recent straw poll, could be "our next presidential nightmare" if he wins. While DeSantis is "35% less likely to trip over his own dick while trying to enact horrible policies," said Bee, he's still a threat, as "even a slightly less dumb, more competent version of Trump could be very dangerous."
"In his two years as governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis has showed a Trumpian ability to weaponize the white resentment and culture war hysteria that drive Republican voters," explained Bee. "So, it'll be terrifying if Republicans choose him to Remake America Greater Again Again in 2024."
Bee proceeded to run through DeSantis' most egregious policies as governor, including signing a bill that targets the Black Lives Matter movement and vetoing mental health resources for survivors of the Pulse nightclub shooting. "Ron DeSantis is so racist he refers to separating his white laundry from his colors as 'segregation,'" ripped the host.
But there is one silver lining here. "For now DeSantis' biggest weakness might actually be his popularity," she said. "Trump's fragile ego requires him to lash out at anyone who threatens his dominance. So he's unlikely to cede the 2024 nomination without a vicious fight. Perhaps our best hope is that the two split the vote and take each other out."
Full Frontal with Samantha Bee airs Wednesdays at 10:30 PM ET on TBS.
Claire Spellberg Lustig is the TV Editor at Primetimer and a scholar of The View. Follow her on Twitter at @c_spellberg.