Politics Meet Larry Elder, the conservative talk radio host and Trump loyalist, who is campaigning to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom
Democrats hit out at California Governor candidate Larry Elder
Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder was criticized Monday by Gov. Gavin Newsom supporters over his views on racism in America, calling him 'a black face on white supremacy.'Professor Melina Abdullah's comments came in response to Elder's recent interview on The Candace Owens Show, where he argued in favor of reparations for slave owners who had their 'legal property' taken away following the Civil War.
- Larry Elder, a conservative radio host, is the leading GOP candidate for the California recall election.
- Elder told Insider that he loves California and wants to see it thrive.
- Here are his stances on policy and past controversies.
California'sis set for September 14. This gives Larry Elder, who is the , according to Politico, or 45 other candidates the opportunity to unseat the state's current governor, Gavin Newsom.
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LOS ANGELES (AP) — In two months, Larry Elder went from conservative talk radio host to leader of the Republican field in the California recall election that could remove Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom from office, drawing national headlines, attracting enthusiastic fans to his rallies and quickly banking millions for his first campaign. Voting concludes Tuesday, and polling suggests Newsom has a solid edge to hold his job. Yet, win or lose, Elder’s star turn within his party is prompting chatter about his political future in the strongly Democratic state, where long-suffering Republicans have been looking for a breakthrough candidate after failing to win a statewide race in
Calls for a recall began prior to the pandemic when Newsom's adversaries grew discontent with California's "homelessness crisis, high taxes and cost of living, immigration, and rationing water and energy use,". But the calls grew louder after COVID-19 took hold and Newsom implemented mitigation methods.
Ballots went out on August 16. The gubernatorial ballot asks, first, should Governor Newsom be replaced? and second if Newsom is recalled, who should replace him?
Gov. Newsom commenced his "Vote NO" Weekend of Action campaign on Friday, August 13, in San Francisco, saying the stakes of this recall election "could not be higher" in reference to Elder's plans.
Elder, a conservative radio host, announced his participation in the recall in July. Here is what voters need to know about Elder's background and candidacy.
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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.
What is Larry Elder's background?
Laurence Allen Elder was born in 1969; his father was a Republican and his mother was a Democrat. He grew up in South Central Los Angeles and attended Crenshaw High School. His household was abusive and growing up he was stopped by police between 75 and 100 times he said,
Elder left South Centra and attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree, followed by the University of Michigan Law School.
After college, "The Sage from South Central," as he calls himself, wrote several books, worked at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey before starting his own firm (Laurence A. Elder and Associates), and currently hosts his own radio show "The Larry Elder Show." Elder also hosted "Moral Court," a one-season television show which wasn't a "court of law, but a court of ethics,".
"I'm a business owner, talk show host, author, and a son of California," Elder, who does not have any political experience, said of himself in a. "I won't continue to watch Gavin Newsom destroy our state."
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What does Larry Elder believe, politically?
"The biggest challenge in California, in general, is the intrusiveness of government,". "I believe that a government that governs less governs best."
Here are a few of the candidate's political positions:
- "The ideal minimum wage is $0,"
- "Medicare should be abolished,"
- Children should have had the choice to attend school in person since they weren't at "grave risk" of COVID-19, according to his campaign website.
- Newsom's lockdown process following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic is " ."
- He is pro-life, the communications director of his campaign confirms
- He doesn't believe in climate change, .
- He wants to expand the middle class.
- He wants to crack down on crime.
Elder told Insider that he loves California and wants to see it thrive. "Unfortunately, Gov. Gavin Newsom's failed policies are running this beautiful state into the ground," he added in a written statement to us.
California recall election: Will the state keep or remove Gov. Gavin Newsom? Results could take time.
Tuesday is decision day in California and voters in the Golden State will decide whether they will keep Gov. Gavin Newsom or remove him from office.It's been a winding path to get here, but polls show the Democrat is likely to keep his job leading a state that is known nationally as a liberal trendsetter.
The candidate also holds controversial views on women and race
On women, especially in the workplace, he has dismissed the role of sexism and,
"Glass ceiling? Ha! What glass ceiling? Women, women exaggerate the problem of sexism," the pundit said in a 1996 ad for his radio show,.
Elder also said "Women know less than men about political issues, economics, and current events" in a column he wrote in 2001, CNN reported.
Critics, including, have said that of the state.
In a 1996 ad, Elder said, "Blacks exaggerate the significance of racism." He has also blamed some high-profile instances of police brutality on Black victims.
"Be polite. Comply. Jacob Blake could've been avoided had he complied; Eric Garner could've been avoided had he complied; Michael Brown could've been avoided had he complied," Elder says about Black victims who lost their lives to police brutality.
The conservative candidate even suggested that slave owners were owed reparations following the civil war,.
The candidate alsoand has said that he .
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Elder's ex-fiancee, Alexandra Datig, claims that he flashed a gun at her in the midst of an argument while he was under the influence of marijuana,. Elder denies this claim and referred to it as "salacious." In a , he said "I grew up in South Central; I know exactly how destructive this type of behavior is."
that Elder was accused of sexual harassment twice - denying both allegations on his radio talk show in 2011.
The first incident, as CNN reports, occurred in the 1980s. A woman who worked at private practice attempted to break the contract and accused Elder of "hitting on her." Elder said in the episode, "That's how, that's how she put it. If you had seen her, you would know that the picture would be a complete defense. I'm just saying."
Elder, who used to host a television show in Cleveland, was also accused of asking a male guest to expose his butt tattoo in the presence of two camerawomen.
"I think I was making a joke, making light - no, I don't [remember]," Elder told CNN. "The whole point behind your series of questions is, do I disrespect women, and I don't. I have a great deal of respect for women. My mom was a woman. I had her on my show every Friday."
"I've never been accused of sexual harassment. I've never been accused of sexual abuse. I've never been accused - I worked with hundreds of women throughout my career," he added.
What are Democrats worried about?
Democrats, including Newsom, have been comparing Elder to former President Donald Trump - and sometimes saying that he's the more extreme of the two.
"You have someone who's not just opposed to women's right to choose, but actually wrote an op-ed saying women aren't as smart as men," Newsom said in reference to Elder.
One Los Angeles City Councilmember,that if a Republican was elected they could slash funding for many programs "that are holding the state together right now."
Elder calledin 2019.
"It was a miracle. He is almost God-sent," he said. However, he told CNN that he wason the subject of a Trump endorsement that he says he has not asked for (nor has he received).
Elder has hinted that he will not accept the election results, in line with Trump's move following the 2020 presidential election.
How the recall election against California Gavin Newsom will work .
The election will be just the second recall election for governor in state history. The other took place in 2003 when Democratic Governor Gray Davis was recalled and Republican Arnold Schwarzenegger became governor. Here's what you need to know about the recall. How did we get here?In February 2020, a group called the California Patriot Coalition began circulating a petition to recall Newsom, citing his administration's policies on immigration, homelessness, the state's drought emergency and taxes. Newsom had faced five previous recall attempts, but such petitions require 1.