A provocative Larry Elder has conceded his fight to become the next governor of Californiae, but indicated that his first campaign might not be the last. "Stay tuned ", the Republican radio host told his supporters.
Governor Gavin Newsom easily defeated a historic recall effort, with results Tuesday night showing residents of Golden State oppose push to further depose him number that some experts initially expected. But his main opponent, the contrarian libertarian talk show host Larry Elder, has suggested he considers the fight far from over.
The incomplete results of Tuesday's election had Elder far ahead of the 46 candidates. who had hoped to replace Newsom if the recall was successful.
Elder told u Tuesday nightOne enthusiastic crowd that "we may have lost the battle, but we will win the war ", hinting at a possible rematch against Newsom when the governor is re-elected next year.
Elder emerged as the unlikely favorite in the Republican race to topple Newsom and could have become the state 's first black governor.
Eder 's more extreme views not only disagree with those of the majority of state voters, but also with the views of many Republicans .
Elder, 69, was born and raised in south-central Los Angeles. After graduating from Brown University and the University of Michigan, he practiced law for a decade before moving to political expertise. He created his own show on KABC in Los Angeles in the early '90s.
In three decades on the air, Elder has become well known for his opposing and often extreme views. He opposes minimum wage and gun control. He said he did not believe there was a gender pay gap and called the climate crisis a 'pot'. He suggested that fatherless families increase crime rates in black communities. He claimed that black leaders exaggerate discrimination.
His positions against affirmative action and denials of systemic racism met with strong opposition in the 1990s , with a group of LA residents organizing a two-and-a-half-year boycott of the radio show's sponsors. Some advertisers let the host down, but it eventually prevailed. His show was syndicated and he began to build up a huge national radio audience.e, making frequent appearances on Fox News and cultivating his brand of libertarianism.
Elder had participated in the recall campaign just days before the filing deadline, but topped a long list of candidates running against Newsom.
"He's been on the radio for 27 years in Los Angeles, speaking of ironic and contradictory man-bite-dog politics, "University of San Francisco political scientist James Lance Taylor told The Guardian last month." And in some ways, the only reason he's able to say much of what he says is because he's black… he uses his race as a weapon. "
Earlier this year, Elder blamed Barack Obama for the deaths of George Floyd and other black men, writing that the former president should have encouraged citizens to better" comply with the police "to avoid to doshoot it.
During his concession speech Tuesday, Elder again argued that
He referred to the 'fake Black Lives Matter movement', reaffirmed his doubts about systemic racism and said, "We know what the real problems are, and they don 't 'have nothing to do with racism. "
Seeming to address his detractors, Elder added: " Whatever they want, it is that black people think of oppression, that you are under siege, that you are a victim. Truly? In 2021, after we elected the first black president? "
Elder urged supporters to be " graceful in defeat ", but moved on much of his half-hour speech ridiculing Newsom's leadership and character and blaming him for increasing crime, a homeless crisisout of control and housing costs that are out of reach for many working class families.
Elder sometimes sounded like a campaign started and didn't end.
Many of Elder's views and political platforms match those of Donald Trump. He supported Trump's migrant family separation policy and became a mentor to the architect of the toughest anti-immigrant policies of the previous administration, Stephen Miller. He has repeatedly asserted that blacks are more prone to crime and violence than other demographic groups, and echoed the Trumpian lines that characterized Latino immigrants as criminals.
Although he initially said Biden won the election " fairoutright, "he began to repeat conspiracy theories of electoral fraud. And drawing on the former president, Elder sowed distrust of the recall electoral system over the years. weeks of the race, especially as he seemed to slip through the polls. He claimed that the "shenanigans " could skew the race results, and his campaign website was linked to a site "Stop CA Fraud " where people could sign a petition. During a special legislative session to investigate the "twisted results" - days before the results were announced.
Elder's positions have prompted Newsom and his Democratic allies to nominate him as Trump's successor. Speaking at a rally with Newsom in Long Beach on Monday, Joe Biden warned that the recall race result could reverberate well outside of Golden State. "Can you imagine him being governor ofthis state ? Biden asked.
Elder said on Tuesday he was working to bridge the gaps. “I am a unifier,” he says. "We will bring this country together.