Larry Elder Tosses Hat Into 2024 Presidential Race

Larry Elder in a news conference with crime victims and law enforcement to discuss California's "crime wave" under Gov. Gavin Newsom, Sept. 2, 2021, in Los Angeles. (Credit: Shutterstock)

Conservative Los Angeles radio host Larry Elder has joined the 2024 presidential race, saying the nation is in “decline.”

Elder announced his White House bid Thursday night (April 20) on Fox News and on Twitter.

“America is in decline, but this decline is not inevitable,” he tweeted. “We can enter a new American Golden Age, but we must choose a leader who can bring us there. That’s why I’m running for President.”

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The announcement follows his failed bid to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in 2021.

Elder, 70, led the field of Republican candidates in the effort to recall and replace Newsom, but the radio host was trounced by the Democratic governor, who remains in office.

The White House hopeful told Fox’s Tucker Carlson he’s joining the presidential race because he wants to serve the country like his father and two brothers did in the military.

“I’m the only one who didn’t serve and I don’t feel good about that,” he said. “I feel I have a moral, religious and a patriotic duty to give back to a country that has been so much good to me.”

The media personality-turned-politician is African American and grew up in Los Angeles.

He calls himself the “Sage From South Central,” although his views frequently clash with those of other Black activists in the city.

Elder says he’s pro-life. He supports secure borders, and national fiscal responsibility.

One thing he doesn’t support is San Francisco’s proposal to give reparations to longtime Black residents.

“The whole thing is absolutely insulting. What’s next, they’re going to give California back to Mexico?” Elder said in a January interview on Fox News.

He also stirred debate in 2021, when he suggested giving reparations to the descendants of White slave owners.

“When people talk about reparations, do they really want to have that conversation? Like it or not, slavery was legal,” he said on The Candace Owens Show. “So you could make an argument that the people that are owed reparations are not only just Black people, but also the people whose ‘property’ was taken away after the end of the Civil War.”