ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith says Ron DeSantis is ‘one of the stupidest people I’ve ever seen’

ESPN̵7;s Stephen A. smith Ron DeSantis has “lost his mind” after Florida’s governor signed legislation to ban diversity, equality and inclusion (DEI) programs at Florida universities.

Smith admitted he was not “enthusiastic about the subject”, but took aim nonetheless governor of florida,

The ESPN host began his rant with an insult that turned into a somewhat backhanded compliment.


TV personality Stephen A. Smith speaks on radio row ahead of the Super Bowl at the Phoenix Convention Center February 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Mike Lawrie / Getty Images)

“And in the case of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis — at this pace, he could go down as one of the dumbest people I’ve ever seen,” Smith said on his podcast earlier this week. “And we know he’s not stupid. We know how smart he is.

“If you are DeSantis, it is bad enough that you have alienated the Latino community. It is bad enough that you have alienated millions of women, because I assure you, even if you have There is an abundance of women against abortion, most would like the right to make choices for themselves as opposed to male politicians dictating those choices for them. Now, we come to this latest material, and this is where it boils down for me. Goes home, ’cause I’m a black man, and we’re talking about the NAACP.

“Respect to Governor, Ron DeSantis, who has clearly offended Latinos, Blacks, women – have you lost your mind or do you just want to throw the election? Is that what you’re trying to do?”

Stephen A. Smith on the radio row at the Super Bowl

Stephen A. Smith attends Super Bowl LVII on SiriusXM on February 9, 2023 in Phoenix, Ariz. (Cindy Ord / Getty Images for SiriusXM)

DeSantis signed SB 266 into law on the campus of the New College of Florida, an institution to which he has made drastic changes this year. SB 266 prohibits any public university from using state funding to pay for DEI programs, and it also gives university presidents more authority over hiring practices.

Bill DeSantis’ latest offensive is what he calls “awakening” effect on education, Recent years have also seen them pass legislation that gives parents more rights over their children’s education in elementary, middle and high school.

In addition to the funding ban, DeSantis also signed a bill ban on public universities By requiring students and faculty to provide a “diversity statement” in order to be recruited or hired. Such statements are usually meant to demonstrate how an applicant’s experiences will help make a campus more diverse and inclusive.

Republican Florida Gov.  Ron DeSantis

Ron DeSantis speaks at a news conference at the American Police Hall of Fame and Museum in Titusville, Florida Gov. (Paul Hennessy / Sopa Images / LightRocket via Getty Images)

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DeSantis Officially announced your bid earlier this week to become the Republican nominee for the 2024 presidential election.

Fox News’ Anders Hagstrom contributed to this report.