Despite most voters dreading a 2020 repeat of the presidential election in a little over a year from now, more and more, it looks as if that is exactly where the country is headed.
While Republicans seemingly have a myriad of options to choose from the pool of eligible primary candidates, none seem to be gaining any traction against Donald Trump despite his legal troubles.
A Fox News poll showed Republican primary voters would “never vote for” Mike Pence (35%), Nikki Haley (20%), Vivek Ramaswamy (16%), and Tim Scott (16%). The two Republican frontrunners, Ron DeSantis and Donald Trump pulled in 14% and 13% of the vote, respectively.
One of the candidates who didn’t make the list, likely because he is not a viable option for Republicans, is Larry Elder.
That doesn’t mean Elder doesn’t have some interesting perspectives and insights about the contest, particularly about the role of race in the upcoming elections.
Kamala Harris Is a Shoe-In According to Elder
In a recent interview with Fox News, the popular media personality from California says if Biden doesn’t make it to round two, the Democrats are too obsessed with identity politics to nominate a white male like California Governor Gavin Newsom or Pete Buttigieg.
That means, in Elder’s words, “They are stuck with Kamala Harris.”
“She was chosen there because of the Democrat’s obsession with identity politics. She’s a black, she’s a female and by the way the black media loves Kamala Harris. Her polls are at least 70% among blacks and I suspect even higher among black females.”
Without her, Elder believes the Democrat party doesn’t stand a chance of victory. He says black voters will “very much resent it if she is perceived as having been kicked to the curb for a white person like Mayor Pete or Gavin Newsom.”
Elder Is in It to Beat Biden, Not Trump
Elder also asserted, like Ron DeSantis has in the past, that he is not running against Donald Trump but to beat the Biden/Harris ticket in 2024.
“I’m a ‘Make America Great Again’ candidate, too.”
But Elder feels he has a unique edge against his fellow Republicans.
Larry Elder for President
Elder pointed out why he is the right person to beat Joe Biden in 2024. He says he will shine a light on some issues the Republican party continues to ignore, namely around race.
First, Elder says, black fatherlessness is killing African American communities. He quotes a statistic that “70% of black kids today enter the world without a father in the home married to the mother, up threefold from 1965 when Democrats and Lyndon Johnson launched the so-called war on poverty.”
He continues: “What we’ve done is incentivize women to marry the government and incentivize men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility.”
Second, Elder claims, Democrats continue to perpetuate the lie that America is systemically racist and it’s killing people.
The California candidate calls it the “George Floyd or Ferguson effect” or the “phenomenon of cops pulling back all over the country for fear of being called systemically racist and there are thousands of people who have been victimized by violent criminals or who are dead who otherwise wouldn’t be dead but for the police not doing their normal policing.”
Lastly, Elder calls out the crisis in urban education in America. “We’re spending more money than ever and 85% of black kids 13 years old, eighth graders, can neither read nor do math at grade level. A substantial percentage of black 13-year olds are functionally illiterate.”
While Larry Elder doesn’t offer how he would remedy what he points out as the crisis facing the black community, he brings up the topics that would likely get a white candidate – particularly a male nominee – cancelled immediately. And that’s a good start.
Jennifer Galardi is the politics and culture editor for 19FortyFive.com. She has a Master’s in Public Policy from Pepperdine University and produces and hosts the podcast Connection with conversations that address health, culture, politics, and policy. In a previous life, she wrote for publications in the health, fitness, and nutrition space. In addition, her pieces have been published in the Epoch Times and Pepperdine Policy Review. You can follow her on Instagram and Twitter.