Conservative radio host Larry Elder is looking to move from behind the microphone and into the Oval Office. On Thursday, Elder told Tucker Carlson of FOX News that he will be running to become President of the United States.
“America is in decline, but this decline is not inevitable. 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,” Elder stated.
Elder is a graduate of both Brown University and the University of Michigan. He rose to prominence in the late 1980s as the host of Fabric in Cleveland. From television, he gained success and fanfare as the host of his own radio show in 1993. Since its launch, the syndicated program has bounced around from KABC to ABC News Radio Networks and Salem Media Program.
In recent years, Elder has delved deeper and deeper into politics. Two years ago, he ran against Gavin Newsom in a recall election, but was easily defeated by the incumbent.
During Elder’s bid to become governor of California, his former fiancée, Alexandra Datig, accused him of abuse. Dating accused the radio host of holding her at gunpoint on one occasion and demanding that she get a “Larry’s Girl” tattoo on another. Despite the seriousness of the allegations, Elder denied that he abused her and moved forward with his campaign.
Elder has also spoken openly about being accused of sexual harassment multiple times prior to Datig’s allegations. According to the former gubernatorial candidate, both accusations were unfounded.
“If you had seen her, you would know that the picture would be a complete defense. I’m just saying,” Elder said of one accuser.
Elder will now join a field of Republican candidates that includes former President Donald Trump, former Governor Nikki Haley and former Governor Asa Hutchinson. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and former Vice President Mike Pence are also expected to enter the race at some point.