On the eve of the recall election against Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom, Republican front runner challenger Larry Elder joined Tucker Carlson on Fox News.
Carlson began the segment by describing Newsom as "...a really bad governor," and added that "the state has gotten much worse since he has run it. And this has put Democrats across the country in a tough position. Obviously they want to hold power at all costs, but endorsing Gavin Newson means they have to pretend to California's okay, which it demonstrably isn't. And you know that if you live there or have been there.
The Fox News host then joked, "We're going to play the game, what country is this?" before showing a cip of the homeless encampments in California on a mugging in broad daylight. "You would guess Brazil. Of course. When you see this, but no, it's not Brazil. It's Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles."
Carlson then added, "By the way, I'm sorry to our viewers who are from Brazil, that was an insult to Brazil. Brazil is better than that. That's the California dream. That's what Democrats are defending," and introduced Elder and commented that his campaign "forced Barack Obama, Kamala Harris, and all of them" to "endorse the inexcusable."
Elder responded, "Well, that's right. They've all cut commercials for him. They haven't defended him on crime as you just now displayed. They haven't defended him on the rise of the cost of living. California just hit an average price of a home at $800,000, which is at minimum 150 percent above the national average. They've not defended him on the rise of homelessness. They're not defending him on the decline of the quality of our public schools, and the public school kids were denied a whole year of in-person education when Gavin Newsom's own kids were enjoying in-person private education."
"They haven't defended the way he shut down the state, to the point now where a third of all small businesses are gone forever, many of them owned by black and brown and Asian American people that the people on the left like Gavin Newsom claim they care about."
"They haven't defended his way of managing our forest. They have made our fires more severe. They haven't defended him for failing to add in any real way to our water infrastucture, so now we're talking about running out of water. California has the same water infrastructure that it had 40 years ago when the state was half the size."
"We're having rolling brownouts because we haven't adequately managed our power grid. So these politicians who've all cut commercials for him Tucker, have never uttered the following magical words, 'Gavin Newsome has done a good job for the people of California.'"
Tucker replied, "I just don't understand...I'm sure there are a ton of people in California who think, 'Well, I don't agree with everything Larry Elder says, or maybe any of it,' but they drive through Santa Monica and there are people living... like Calcutta except worse. How can anybody vote for that? This is sincere question."
Elder answered, "Well, I don't really understand it either... 63 percent of Hispanics voted for him just two years ago. Now the majority of them wanted him out. The majority of independents voted for him two years ago, now the majority want him out."
"Crime doesn't have a color. It doesn't have a party. The rise of homelessness doesn't have a color. It doesn't have a party. The client and quality of public education doesn't have a color. It doesn't have a party. I support school choice. The number one obstacle to school choice is the teachers' unions, not teachers, teachers' unions, number one funder of my opponent Gavin Newsom... so why black and brown parents routinely pull that lever for the Democratic party that stops them from the number one path to escaping poverty, which is to at least finish high school, is beyond me. I'm going to break this Jedi mind trick stranglehold that Democrats have over black and brown voters."
"And that is why I believe Obama and Bernie Sanders and Senator Warren and the others have come to California and weighed in on this race when they cannot defend the indefensible record of my opponent Gavin Newsom."
Tucker replied, "Well, that's right, and I got to say, you know, they've really gone after you personally, Gavin Newsom has a genuinely creepy personal life. I'm just saying it. I mean, you can look it up if you want. It's... weird. I don't think you're attacking his sex life, are you or his personal life? Are you still sticking to the issues, it seems like it to me?"
Elder replied, "Well, I'm trying to stick to the issues, but I will tell you I've been attacked as being a sexist and just day before yesterday, Rose McGowan, the actress who outed a Harvey Weinstein says that six months before the big expose day on Harvey Weinstein, the sexual predator, Gavin Newsom, his wife called her on behalf of Harvey Weinstein's lawyer and said something to the effect of 'what can I do to make you happy? What can I do to make this thing go away?' Now I have no idea whether or not it's true or false. All I know is that if that (had) been alleged against me that's all I'd be talking about from now until the day I die. But the Washington Post, New York Times, completely oblivious to this story. It's a bombshell story if it were made against me."
Carlson mentioned that Rose McGowan was his next guest before thanking Elder, to which the former talk show host joked, "Well, thank you for having me. Thank you for having the 'black face of white supremacy' on your show," mocking a Los Angeles Times article which described Elder as such.
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