A provocative Larry Elder conceded his fight to become California's next governor, but said his first campaign might not be his last. "Stay tuned, " the Republican radio host told supporters.
Governor Gavin Newsom handily defeated a historic recall effort, with results Tuesday night showing residents of Golden State opposing the effort to impeach him in greater numbers than some pundits initially anticipated. But his main opponent, the talk show host libertarian against the tide Larry Elder, suggestedre that he considered 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 a cheering crowd on Tuesday night that "we may have lost the battle, but we are going to win war ", hinting at a possible rematch against Newsom when the governor is re-elected next year.
Elder has emerged as the unlikely favorite in the race Republican to topple Newsom and could have become the state 's first black governor.
Eder ' s most 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 on to political expertise. He started 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 opinions contrary and often extreme. 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 have met with strong opposition in the1990s, 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, 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 about ironic and contradictory man-bite-dog politics, "James Lance Taylor, a university political scientist, told The Guardian last month. from San Francisco. "And in some ways, the only reason he's able to say much of what he says is because he'sst black… he uses his race as a weapon. "
Earlier this year Elder blamed Barack Obama for the deaths of George Floyd and others black men, writing that the former president should have encouraged citizens to better "comply with the police" to avoid getting shot.
Over from his concession speech on Tuesday, Elder again argued that
He referred to the "fake Black movement Lives Matter, "reiterated his doubts about systemic racism and said," We know what the real issues are, and they have nothing to do with racism. "
Appearing to address his detractors, Elder added: " All they want is for black people to think about oppression, that you are under siege, that you are you a victim. Really? In 2021, after we elected the first presidentblack tooth? "
Elder urged supporters to be " graceful in defeat "but spent much of his speech an half an hour ridiculing Newsom's leadership and character and blaming it for increasing crime, an unchecked homelessness crisis 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 points of Elder's view 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 in the world previous administration, Stephen Miller. He has repeatedly assertedes 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 "fairly and squarely," he began to repeat conspiracy theories about voter fraud. And taking cues from the former president, Elder sowed distrust of the recall electoral system in the final weeks of the race, especially as it seemed to slip into the polls. . He claimed the "shenanigans " could skew the race results, and his campaign website was linked to a "Stop CA Fraud " site 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 prompted Newsom and his Democratic allies to appoint 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 Gold State. "Can you imagine him being governor of this 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.