Larry Elder hints at 2024 presidential run with a platform of restoring the nuclear family
'I'm thinking about throwing my 'Blackface of White Supremacy' in the contest in 2024,' Larry Elder said
Conservative commentator and former California GOP gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder hinted at a possible presidential 2024 run, with one of his main issues being the importance of restoring the nuclear family.
"I'm thinking about throwing my 'Black Face of White Supremacy' in the contest in 2024," Elder said on an episode of the John Solomon Reports podcast to be aired Friday. "I'm giving it real thought. I've been to Iowa about four or five times in the last month. I've been to New Hampshire. If I decide to do it, I'll make an announcement sometime in February or March."
Elder was referring to when he ran for California governor, and the Los Angeles Times wrote a column referring to him as the "Black Face of White Supremacy."
Elder said that if he were to run, the No. 1 issue he would father absence in families and the importance of restoring the nuclear family.
"I have a couple of issues that I think I can bring to the table in a way more authentic than some of my other rivals can and that is the No. 1 problem facing this country is a large number of children in the world without a father married to the mother in the home," he said.
Former President Barack Obama noted that father absence was a big issue when he ran for president in 2008 in which he discussed the importance of fathers in children's lives.
"Obama once said a kid raised without a father is five times more likely to be poor, nine times more likely to drop out of school and 20 times more likely to end up in jail," Elder said. "Now the question is, why have we gone from 25% of black kids entering the world without a father in the home married to the mother to 70%?"
"We've incentivized women to marry the government," he also said, suggesting many single-parent women must rely on government money to help them make ends meet. "We've incentivized men to abandon their financial and moral responsibility. And I've seen it firsthand in the inner city where I grew up."
Elder said that notions that America is systemically racist is a myth and the real issue is the nuclear family declining in the black community and he can bring awareness to that.
"It is nonsense that America is systemically racist," he concluded. "I think I can talk about that in a way more persuasive and more passionately than maybe some of my other rivals can."