Conservative radio host Larry Elder, who is running for the 2024 GOP presidential nomination, told Newsmax Wednesday that he believes he was barred from the first Republican National Committee (RNC) primary debate last month because he makes the organization “uncomfortable.”
“My opinion is I’ve never been their fair-haired boy because I talk about things in ways that make them feel uncomfortable,” Elder said of the RNC during an appearance on “Wake Up America.” “For example, I’ve referred to Joe Biden as a race-hustling demagogue. He goes to Howard University and says the number one threat to the homeland is white supremacy and I called him out on that. A few weeks before that there was a black man in Tulsa, Oklahoma, who killed two white guys execution-style in the back of the head. The black guy admitted he did it because they were white. Biden didn’t say a word.”
“My point is I don’t believe that the RNC is effectively dealing with this lie that America is systemically racist that the Democrats keep pushing and pushing and pushing effectively,” he continued. “You need to call people like Joe Biden out for what he is, and I think it makes them feel uncomfortable.”
Elder recently launched a $400,000 ad campaign in an effort to boost his poll numbers ahead of the next RNC debate on Sept. 27 in Simi Valley, California. The ad campaign also attacks the RNC for barring him from participating in the first primary debate, which was held Aug. 23 in Milwaukee.
“As far as I’m concerned, I made the first debate,” he said. “I met all the criteria: 40,000 individual donors, I had to have 1% or better in three polls. Last minute I get a phone call from Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the [RNC] and David Bossie, the debate czar, and they tell me I’m not qualified because one of the polls, Rasmussen, is ‘affiliated with the Trump campaign.'”
“I said, ‘Assuming that’s true, why is that my problem?'” he continued. “And they said, ‘Well, any poll affiliated with any campaign can’t be used by any other campaign.’ Rasmussen then put out a statement and said Trump is not affiliated with our poll and there’s no reason why Elder can’t use it. We then submitted another poll and they said ‘You submitted it too late,’ which is true. But their polling had been concluded before the deadline. So, there was enough wiggle room that they could have put me up there if they wanted to, but they didn’t.”
Elder later filed a complaint against the RNC with the Federal Election Commission.
When asked if he’ll drop out of the race and support another candidate if he doesn’t make the second debate stage, Elder said, “I don’t have a plan B.”
“My plan B is to make plan A work and that is why I’m doing interviews like this,” he said. “I’m getting my numbers up to 3%. I’m going to be there. It’s going to be the biggest comeback since George Foreman.”
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