L.A. Times Columnist: Larry Elder Is ‘Black Face of White Supremacy’

In this July 13, 2021 file photo radio talk show host Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a campaign stop in Norwalk, Calif. Elder, in his first press conference since announcing his candidacy July 12, told reporters that if he replaces Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in the Sept. 14 election …
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The Los Angeles Times published a column Friday by Erika D. Smith declaring that conservative talk radio host Larry Elder is the “black face of white supremacy.”

Elder is leading polls among likely replacements for incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), who is facing a Sep. 14 recall election.

Smith wrote:

[W]ith polls showing that nearly half of likely voters support recalling Newsom and that Elder is in the lead to replace him, ignoring the self-proclaimed Sage from South-Central is no longer a viable strategy. Particularly for Black people.

“He is a danger, a clear and present danger,” said Melina Abdullah, cofounder of Black Lives Matter Los Angeles.


Elder mocks critical race theory, though I’m not sure he understands what it actually is. That doesn’t bode well for ethnic studies in California.

[A]s [State Sen. Sydney] Kamlager said, “I’m not interested in going back to Jim Crow because I want to have a Black person as governor.”

Much of the rest of the column is a collection of quotes from left-wing black political personalities attacking Elder.

Conservative talk show host Larry Elder is running for California governor in the recall election. © Jay Calderon/The Desert Sun via Imagn Content Services, LLC

Earlier this summer, another Times columnist compared Elder to white supremacist David Duke, prompting Elder to refuse to answer a question from her during a Times editorial interview.

Media attacks against Elder have increased in recent days, as polls have suggested there is a chance Newsom could lose.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.


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