Politics Fox News Host Confronts Larry Elder Over His Media Criticism, Suggests He's 'Fair Game'
Larry Elder Said Six Months Ago He Lacks ‘Temperament’ to Be Governor
Conservative talk radio host Larry Elder has suddenly risen to front-runner status in the race to replace Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall. But just six months ago, Elder explicitly said on-air that he wouldn’t run because he doesn’t have the “temperament” or “stomach” to be governor. During the Feb. 4 broadcast of The Larry Elder Show, first spotlighted by liberal watchdog group Media Matters for America, the right-wing commentator addressed his listeners’ desire for him to throw his hat in the recall race. At the time, Elder said he preferred to remain a radio host.
Fox News host Howard Kurtz confronted California's Republican gubernatorial hopeful Larry Elder over the latter's criticism of the media, suggesting that the GOP candidate is "fair game" asto Governor , a Democrat.
Elder, a conservative talk radio host, has routinely argued that the media is attacking him and covering his candidacy unfairly. The Republican contender has said that the press is particularly against him because he's a Black conservative.
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When CNN's Joe Johns asked Elder about his previous claims that 'women exaggerate the problem of sexism,' and that they 'know less than men,' Elder said he was not disrespecting women. 'I have a great deal of respect for women. My mom was a woman,' Elder said. 'When I'm on the campaign trail, and I meet a lot of women, nobody says to me, 'I'm concerned about what you're going to do about women.
During a Sunday interview on theprogram Media Buzz, Kurtz questioned Elder over his assessment of the media's coverage.
"Aren't some of the things you've said over the years on the radio—where you're paid to be provocative, whether it's opposing the minimum wage, or calling global warming a crock—fair game for the press now that you want to run the state of California?" Kurtz asked the Republican candidate.
Elder responded by insisting that he never said global warming is a "crock."
"I've said global warming alarmism is a crock. But, Howard, I've been campaigning now for five weeks. I've been a politician now for five weeks. No one has asked me about any of those things. They asked about the rise in crime. They asked me about the way this governor has shut down this state in a more severe way than did the other 49 governors," Elder said.
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"We made a simple mistake and we fixed it as soon as possible," an Elder spokesperson said. "These investigations are very common in campaign world."The Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC), a nonpartisan commission that enforces the state's campaign and conflict of interest laws, began the investigation after the California Democratic Party filed a complaint against Elder, accusing the Republican candidate and longtime talk radio host of improperly disclosing some of his financial and business details.
Later in the interview, Kurtz came back to the issue of press coverage of Elder's campaign.
"You've described the media attacks on you as a racial smear campaign, but with the exception of that white supremacy column I referenced earlier, aren't most of these news outlets opposed to your conservative ideology as opposed to taking you on for racial reasons?" the Fox News host asked.
The GOP contender said that the media is "doing whatever they can to bring me down."
"They're afraid that I'm going to be able to break the stranglehold that they've had over Blacks and browns for years. All I am is common sense. I'm going to do something about the crime. I'm going to do something about the lousy education. Do something about the rise in homelessness. Do something about our water crisis, about our poor management of the forests," Elder asserted. "What could be so bad?"
The Los Angeles Times ran a controversial opinion column in August with the headline: "Larry Elder is the Black face of white supremacy. You've been warned." Another opinion article by the prominent California newspaper was titled: "Larry Elder's fans prove he's a face of white supremacy."
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Elder has emerged as the leading GOP contender to potentially unseat Newsom in California's recall scheduled for September 14. Although California polls show that Elder is only backed by less than a quarter of the state's voters, this could potentially be enough to make him the state's next governor under the rules of the recall election.
When voters go to the polls later this month, they will be asked two questions. The first is whether to keep Newsom in Sacramento or remove him from office. In order for Newsom to remain the governor, more than 50 percent of voters must say they want to keep the Democratic leader.
The second question will be who should replace Newsom if the voter wants him removed. If Newsom fails to receive the back of more than 50 percent of voters, the challenger with the highest number of votes will become California's governor. While Elder is not expected to garner anywhere near 50 percent of votes, he could become governor if not enough voters show up in support of Newsom.
A couple of weeks ago, polling suggested that the Democratic governor may be in serious trouble. The number of voters saying they wanted to keep him in office only hovered narrowly above 50 percent, as Elder's popularity surged. Buthave signaled that Newsom is better positioned to fend off the recall challenge.
Allegations fly as recall vote looms for California’s Newsom
LOS ANGELES (AP) — In a blitz of TV ads and a last-minute rally, California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom urged voters Sunday to turn back a looming recall vote that could remove him from office, while leading Republican Larry Elder broadly criticized the media for what he described as double standards that insulated Newsom from criticism and scrutiny throughout the contest. The sunny, late-summer weekend was a swirl of political activity, as candidates held rallies, continued bus tours and cluttered the TV airwaves with advertising offering their closing arguments in advance of the election that concludes Tuesday.
A survey of Californians conducted by the Public Policy Institute of California from August 20 to 29 found that 58 percent of the state's voters wanted Newsom to stay, while only 39 percent wanted him gone—a difference of 19 percentage points in favor of the Democratic governor.
If Elder—or another Republican—manages to unseat Newsom, it would be a significant upset asare estimated to outnumber GOP voters in the West Coast state by a margin of two to one.
Notably, Elderof running for governor back in February.
"I just don't believe I have the stomach, the temperament, the personality, the drive, the willingness to deal with these doofi in Sacramento for the next several years of my life," the conservative said in an episode of his radio program
"Have I exhausted all of my excuses yet? Anyway, thank you very much for that. That's very flattering. But no, I'm not going to run. I would miss being on the radio as well."
Newsweek reached out to Newsom's press representatives for comment, but did not immediately receive a response.
GOP's Elder concedes California recall, hints: 'Stay tuned' .
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A defiant Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California’s next governor but indicated his first campaign might not be his last. “Stay tuned,” the Republican talk radio host told supporters. Shortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to remove him from office, Elder told a cheering crowd Tuesday that "we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war." Incomplete electionShortly after Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom easily beat back a recall effort to remove him from office, Elder told a cheering crowd Tuesday that "we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win the war.