Sarah Silverman shreds Ron DeSantis, says he doesn’t ‘know how to smile’

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The joke had a visual element as well, with Silverman mocking a waxen smile from the Florida Governor.

Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate may be in the rearview, but that’s not stopping professional satirists from continuing to skewer the participants.

Naturally, that includes Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who was attacked on Thursday night’s Daily Show by comedy icon Sarah Silverman.

Silverman offered an aesthetic criticism of the Sunshine State’s chief executive, honing in on one particular aspect of his presentation after riffing on the Nikki HaleyVivek Ramaswamy banter during the NBC broadcast.

“Now, it wasn’t just bickering last night. There was also a lot of substance. The candidates disagreed on whether to keep giving aid to Ukraine, on whether abortion should be left up to the states, and on whether it’s possible to be 45 years old and still not know how to smile,” she said.

The joke had a visual element as well, with Silverman mocking a waxen smile from the Florida Governor in her inimitable fashion.

Silverman, who lists her location as “State of Palestine” on the X social media platform, went on to describe the candidates on stage as “horny for war,” setting up a pro-Israel soundbite from DeSantis in which he urged Benjamin Netanyahu to “finish the job, once and for all, with these butchers Hamas.”

After presenting similar quotes from Haley, U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, and former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, the segment presented another tough-talking quote from DeSantis regarding a promised body count at the U.S. border with Mexico.

“I am going to send troops to our southern border. If someone in the drug cartels is sneaking fentanyl across the border when I’m present, that’s going to be the last thing they do. We’re going to shoot them stone cold dead.”

“It really seems like these people only know how to do one thing,” Silverman went on to say. “Their solution is always war.”

The relevant bit begins at the 3:45 mark. See the whole segment below.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Best post ever’

    November 10, 2023 at 9:03 am

    Cool link – thanks!

  • Impeach Biden

    November 10, 2023 at 9:51 am

    Horny for war huh Sarah. Who was President when Ukraine was invaded. Who was President when those Hamas terrorists invaded Israel? No one fears “Dementia Joe”. Any of you libs remember when Trump dropped that MOAB In Afghanistan? There weren’t any problems from those terrorists. They feared Trump

    • TJC

      November 10, 2023 at 3:33 pm

      Well, if that’s not the most circular argument I’ve ever read, I don’t know what is. Biden somehow invites war, and war is bad, but Trump was a great warrior, and war is good.
      As I’ve predicted before, when Trump finally gets around to lining up all his followers to drink his Kool-Aid, you’ll be the one shouting “Make mine a double!”

      • Impeach Biden

        November 10, 2023 at 5:18 pm

        The truth hurts TJC. Those are the facts Jack. Now how many attacks so far on US installations in the Middle East with “Dementia Joe” in charge? I would wish you a happy Veterans Day but it is obvious you did not serve. Now go outside and hang that white flag.

        • MH/Duuuval

          November 10, 2023 at 10:51 pm

          Reagan sent 300 combat marines to their untimely deaths in Lebanon at the hands of a single Hezbollah terrorist with a truckload of explosives.

          Reagan had early-onset dementia and imagined that he had served in the Pacific when in fact he spend the entire war in Hollywood making war films.

          And, for the record, Trump cut the deal with the Taliban for withdrawal — Biden merely followed through.

        • TJC

          November 11, 2023 at 12:01 pm

          Well, I wish you a happy Veterans Day, and if you served I hope it is an extra good day for you.

  • Ocean Joe

    November 10, 2023 at 11:50 am

    Comedy icon?

    • Silly Wabbit

      November 10, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      That kwazy.

  • My Take

    November 10, 2023 at 3:35 pm

    Does he even know why to smile, and when?

    • Silly Wabbit

      November 10, 2023 at 3:41 pm

      Needs twaining.

  • Erik Vornoff

    November 10, 2023 at 7:02 pm

    Shut up you stupid pot-smoking pervert.

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