Tory talk show host Larry Elder told supporters to be “graceful in defeat” as he conceded the results of the recall election on Tuesday night, which Gov. Gavin Newsom (R) won in a slip of ground, crushing an effort to overthrow it.
On Wednesday morning, the “no” vote led the “yes” vote by almost two to one (64.2% to 35.8%), a surprising result given that several polls of probable Californian voters at the end of July have showed that Newsom was within the margin of error or even losing.
“We may have lost the battle, but we will win the war,” Elder told supporters, urging them to rejoice in bringing attention to key issues such as the choice of public schools. Notably, he stopped before congratulating Newsom himself.
Newsom and his Democratic allies have spent a fortune to push back the recall. They did so not by campaigning on the governor’s accomplishments, but by scaring Democratic voters at the prospect of “Trumpism” in the Golden State.
In addition to touting Newsom’s recent vaccine warrants, which are popular with the Democratic base, the anti-recall effort was entirely negative – and devoted a particular zeal to demonizing Elder, who was demonized by the media in the ‘establishment.
Newsom remained silent as media and his supporters attacked Elder in explicitly racist terms, with a speaker at a Newsom event call Elder the “black face of white supremacy” in the presence of the governor, without reprimand or response.
Newsom also refused to condemn a violent and racist assault on Elder last week, in which a white woman wearing a gorilla mask pelted Elder and his entourage with eggs. Nor did the media ask him to “disown” the attack or the racism.
The recall effort, spurred by Newsom’s disregard for his own coronavirus demands at an elite restaurant, forced him to rule, paying attention to parents outraged by school closures and picking up a broom in some homeless camps.
But Newsom declined to propose any changes in his policy and expressed no regret for the way he had governed. He was convinced that his attacks on Elder and the enormous financial advantage he enjoyed would be more than enough to win.
In his remarks, Elder revisited several of his talking points from the election campaign. After taking a break from his radio show, he hinted that he would like to stay involved in California politics and he boosted his national profile.
But as for the state he sought to rule, it is more than ever the sole responsibility of the Democratic Party.
Crime, poverty, homelessness, school failure, all are firmly within the reach of the Party, whose electorate has ratified its policy.
Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot 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 eBook Ni Free ni Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His latest book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni scholarship recipient. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.