Monterey Park, California – In Larry Elder’s California, the streets are crowded with criminals, homeless people are running rampant, schools are failing and if it weren’t for poor management of forests – but for climate change – The scourge of forest fires will not exist.
“We’ve got rising crime, rising homelessness, an outrageous increase in the cost of living, declining public school standards,” said Mr. Elder, the conservative radio host who is a prime contender to replace Governor Gavin Newsom, if the recall effort is successful. , said in a speech on Monday. “We have five seasons here in California. The fifth is the fire season. And that’s because of the poor management of our forests.”
Elder’s campaign events in Los Angeles County on Monday – the last in his program, save for Tuesday night’s “Victory Party” at an Orange County hotel – were nearly as many reporters in attendance as supporters. They spoke in Monterey Park, a mountain park in San Pedro, with the Pacific Ocean and the port of Los Angeles in the background, and dropped in at lunchtime at Philippe the Originals, famous for its French dip sandwiches.
Commenting outside City Hall in Monterey Park, a city in the eastern part of Los Angeles County that is majority Asian American, Mr Elder sought to tap into anger among conservatives and others over Mr Newsom’s coronavirus shutdown last year. of, and added that issue to it. Another that Mr. Elder highlighted and escalated: the failure of public schools, which were largely closed last year in favor of distance learning, and support for school choice.
“As Gavin Newsom sat at the French Laundry restaurant, with people who drafted the mandates they were violating, they didn’t wear masks, they didn’t engage in social distancing,” said Gavin Newsom. their children were enjoying private education in a personal way,” he told a gathering of several dozen supporters, referring to a dinner Mr Newsom, unmasked, attended last year at a Wine Country restaurant, an episode that Activated the recall movement.
Taking a page from former President Donald Trump’s playbook, Mr Elder’s campaign has sought to quell fears of rising crime and portrayed the conservative radio host as someone who can restore “law and order”. could.
During the campaign, Mr. Elder suggested he could blame voter fraud if he lost, as Mr. Trump had falsely done. On Monday, however, when asked whether he would accept the result if he lost (polls show Mr. Newsom is likely to win.)
“Yeah, because I’m going to win,” he told reporters in San Pedro. “I will be very happy with the results. I hope to win, so there will be no question about the results because I am going to win.