Larry Elder as standard bearer won’t help GOP’s racist image

there are many reasons Gavin Newsom kept his job Tuesday night. California’s dominance by Democrats is one of them. Another is that most voters aren’t as upset as Republicans think about the governor’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

But there’s an even bigger elephant in the room – both proverbial and political.

Eight months after white supremacists invaded the US Capitol at the insistence of former President Trump, the Republican Party lost because it still hasn’t figured out how to talk about race or racism coherently.

This is important when it comes to winning elections in a state as diverse as California.

Still, the Republicans apparently decided that the solution to their problem was to elevate a Black person to the role of the de facto standard-bearer of the California GOP. So, sure, this sounds like a great idea in theory. Who better to navigate the uncertain and choppy waters of race and racism than a Black person?

The answer is about any Black person other than Larry the Elder. Check out what happened on Tuesday night.

Using the most high-profile speech of his life, the conservative radio talk show host has done nothing but cement the racist reputation of the Republican Party by using a whole bunch of inconsistent nonsense like this, admitting that he lost in the governorship recall election:

“We believe in the MLK dream that judges people by their character content, not their skin color. And let me tell you something, as far as humanly possible, America has fulfilled that dream.”

So race doesn’t matter anymore?

“My name has an R at the end and suddenly I’m not Black anymore.”

Does it matter?

“I never suggested that anyone vote for me because I am Black or vote against me because I am Black. I’m not going there as far as I’m worried. After electing the first Black president, everything after that is anticlimatic.”

“We will bring this country together. We will bring this country together. Because we know what the real problems are. And they have nothing to do with racism.”

Okey I just got it. Race doesn’t matter.

“What do you think would happen if a presidential candidate like Barack Obama threw an egg at a white woman in a gorilla mask? What would it be? Front page news … Systemic racism is alive and well in America. They used to talk about it in Bangladesh, but nothing with me.”

To wait.

“They tried to divide us over race. They don’t want Blacks to think that families are destroyed by the welfare state. They don’t want Blacks to think about the decline in the quality of public education. They don’t want Blacks to think about things. All they want is for Blacks to think about the oppression, that you’re under siege, that you’re a victim.”

To wait. What?

“They are only concerned with the murder of an unarmed Black. More unarmed whites are killed each year than unarmed blacks. That’s a lie, I told him. He still didn’t feel me. You know, I’m an Uncle Tom. I am a seller. I am a bootlicker. I am the Black side of white supremacy.”

At least we agree on this last point.

It’s hard to see how these convoluted rhetoric bodes well for the Republican Party to win statewide elections in the near future.

A part of problem demographics. California is already majority-minority – a trend that will soon prevail in the United States.

The latest data from the U.S. Census, for the first time, Percentage of Americans identifying as white fell only It dropped below 60%, and the proportion of Americans of color younger than 18 rose to a majority of about 53%.

The other part of the question is the Elder himself. Despite being Black and growing up in South Central Los Angeles, he is also known for insisting on his radio show that systemic racism is not like him, as much as he is destroying Black people. for supporting trump.

During the rebel campaign, the Elder no real attempt to address racist legacy Just as Trump lauded white supremacists as “very nice people,” they were outdone by the former president. It didn’t seem like it mattered to the Elder that such events had long ago cooled the majority of voters in the GOP.

So there’s a reason why the Republican Party remains supported by mostly older white voters without a college degree. Meanwhile, the Democratic Party continues, no matter how flawed it is. be the party of diversityregularly attracts Black, Latino and Asian voters.

It is unclear whether the Elder understands this. He is undoubtedly fascinated by his supporters, most of whom are white and Republican.

When he entered the race to replace Newsom in July, he quickly hit the front of the pack of 46 contenders. In the recall selection, received nearly 2.4 million votes as a substitute candidate at the last count. But he didn’t even elect a new candidate instead of millions of voters, and at the last count, nearly 5.9 million Californians voted to keep Newsom in office.

Still, when asked about his plans to run for governor in 2022, Elder told KMJ radio in Fresno on Tuesday: “Now I’ve become a political force here in California in general, and within the Republican Party in particular. And I’m not leaving the stage.”

In the elaborate fantasy world that’s just the Elder’s viewing party on Costa Mesa on Tuesday night – we’re talking Fox News on big-screen television, and a six-member band led by Bing Crosby’s grandson was playing ’50s and ’60s hits – the Democrats In a state where it outperforms Republicans by almost 2 to 1, that may be possible.

After it became clear that Newsom was victorious, Elder assured his supporters: “We may have lost the war, but we will win the war.”

No, you’re not actually.

Elder, if it’s the best the Republican Party can do, it’s probably time to surrender.

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