Gov. Newsom: Voting for Larry Elder Is an Attack against 'Racial Justice'
White Democrat: A vote for first black California governor is a vote against 'diversity'
California's embattled Democrat governor, Gavin Newsom, has claimed that a vote for his black Republican rival, Larry Elder, is an attack against "racial justice."
While rallying supporters for the California recall election Monday in Long Beach on the final night of campaigning, white elite Newsom told Californians that a vote for Elder is a vote against “diversity.”
Elder, who is African American and was born and raised in Compton, is the frontrunner should voters choose to recall Newsom.
A victory for Elder would make him the state’s first black governor.
However, according to Newsom and his backers, a black governor would be "a real threat to communities of color."
Newsom devoted most of his speech to attacks on Elder — as he has throughout the last month of his campaign.
He claims that Elder’s views on race and gender were out of touch with the left-wing views that California Democrats hold.
The governor has said nothing to criticize racial attacks against Elder in recent weeks.
Elder was targeted in a violent racist assault in Venice, Los Angeles, where a white woman wearing a gorilla mask pelted Elder with eggs and his punched his security detail.
Newsom also remained silent when a Black Lives Matter leader said that Elder was the “black face of white supremacy.”
But Newsom was voluminous in attacking Elder, recycling debunked attack lines he has used in his stump speech, including the false claims that Elder believes climate change is a “myth” (he does not) and that women are not as smart as men. (Elder — writing in 2000 — had cited a University of Pennsylvania study, run by a female researcher, that measured women’s and men’s knowledge of current events (she called her findings “perplexing”).
He also claimed Elder believed that slave owners should be paid reparations for their freed slaves. (Elder, in a discussion of reparations with Candace Owens, mentioned that the United Kingdom had compensated its slave owners when it abolished slavery to avoid conflict over the issue, using that example to make the point that reparations was a complicated topic.)
Both diversity and racial justice were “on the ballot,” Newsom said.
Newsom delivered his closing message ahead of remarks by Joe Biden, who flew to California to campaign with the Democratic governor, after visiting fire-damaged regions further north in the state.
The final day of voting is Tuesday, September 14.