The famous liberal newspaper, the Los Angeles Times, published an editorial that described the Republican candidate for governor of California, Larry Elder, as “the black face of white supremacy.” It argues that he is the least suitable to represent the black community in the state and that his policies will be a failure.
In the editorial, written by Erika Smith, a black woman, Larry Elder is disqualified as a candidate because of his conservative positions that contrast with those that current Governor Newsom has been implementing in California.
“Rising crime? [It’s] because of this phony narrative that the police are engaging in systemic racism and cops are pulling back,” Elder said. “… When you reduce the possibility of a bad guy getting caught, getting convicted and getting incarcerated, guess what? Crime goes up,” he added according to the LA Times.
One of the arguments used by the campaign to oust Gavin Newsom was precisely the increase in crime under the liberal policies of Democratic district attorneys who stopped prosecuting criminals because prison “doesn’t reform them” and instead reduced thefts under $1,000 to “misdemeanors” that are not punishable.
But the LA Times focused primarily on Elder’s incompatibility as a black man to benefit the African-American community.
“Larry Elder goes out of his way to be at odds with the leadership in the Black community and at odds with the thinking in the Black community,” the editorial said, quoting a political consultant.
In addition to stating that “he has zero experience in elected office and clearly doesn’t have the temperament for governance,” he also said that “Elder opposes every single public policy idea that’s supported by Black people to help Black people.”
A black denier of systemic racism
The editorial quoted Elder saying, “Do we still have the phenomenon where a young Black man is eight times more likely to be killed by another young Black man than a young white man?” he told the Republicans in Orange County. “If the answer to those series of questions is yes, I submit to you that systemic racism is not the problem.”
Statistically, blacks make up 13.4 percent of the U.S. population.
However, according to FBI data, in 2019, more than 55% of homicide cases were committed by blacks, and 38% of all violent crimes in the country were committed by blacks.
In other words, the proportion of blacks involved in criminal activities is very high.
Larry Elder is also criticized for opposing the so-called critical race theory, which proposes all blacks as victims of a white oppressive system.
Conservatives mock the editorial
Erika Smith wrote on her Twitter account:
“He doesn’t believe in systemic racism.
He scoffs at reforming policing.
He mocks critical race theory, though I’m not sure he understands it.
He’s against mask and vaccine mandates, even as #COVID19 continues to kill Black people disproportionately.”
The conservative Daily Wire news anchor, who recently moved his studios out of California because of excessive tax hikes, mocked the tweet, saying, “Sounds great—this lady should be Larry Elder’s press secretary.”
Republican state Sen. Melissa Melendez, a Navy veteran, pointed out the LA Times contradiction.
“A columnist for the LA Times said “Larry Elder is the black face of white supremacy.
But the same LA Times called the murderous communist dictator Fidel Castro a ‘charismatic icon.'”
Investigated for an error in his income tax returns
Last week, Elder was denounced by the California Democratic Party for income disclosure, alleging that the candidate failed to disclose business and real estate income.
In the initial disclosure, the candidate stated that one of his incomes was from working as a news anchor for a company that bore his name.
Since he did not include in that declaration that he is the company’s owner, he had to file an amendment adding that detail.
In his amendment, he also added that he owns 50% of a property in Los Angeles but receives no rental income.
“We made a simple mistake and we fixed it as soon as possible. These investigations are very common in the campaign world,” Ying Ma, an Elder campaign spokesperson, told the Los Angeles Times.
On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Larry Elder said, “This is why a lot of people don’t go into politics, because of politics of personal destruction.”
On Sept. 14, Californians will vote on whether to recall Governor Gavin Newsom. If 50% of voters vote yes, they choose from a list which candidate should replace him.
Elder is the favorite according to the most recent polls to become California’s governor until 2024, when regular elections are held.