California recall candidate Larry Elder misleadingly claims young people don’t need Covid-19 vaccines
“I don’t believe science suggests young people should be vaccinated. I don’t believe science suggests young people should wear masks in school,” Elder told CNN’s Joe Johns during a broadcaster. interview Monday afternoon in Los Angeles.
Even though some pediatric intensive care units have faced a shortage of beds in areas hard hit by Covid-19 this summer, he went on to deceptively claim that “young people are not susceptible to contracting the coronavirus, and when they do, their symptoms are likely to be mild, and they are not likely to be hospitalized, and certainly not likely to die. “
“I think science is all over young people,” Elder said in the interview. “I should challenge your idea that young people are dying.”
The Republicans-led effort to force the Democratic governor to resign was prompted, in part, by the GOP’s anger at Newsom for his handling of the pandemic and what they saw as too restrictive rules and regulations to slow down the spread of the virus.
“Not even near anything on my agenda”
Elder has taken many staunchly conservative positions on the issues, often influenced by his libertarian approach to some of California’s most pressing issues. But he seemed eager to assure Californians that he would not follow through on some of his more controversial ideas.
The radio host and columnist, for example, argued that the minimum wage should be zero. But he told CNN on Monday that he had no intention of trying to make that happen: “Am I opposed to minimum wage? Yes. … Am I going to do it? anything about that? Absolutely not. It’s not even close to anything on my agenda list. ”
“When I’m on the campaign trail – and I meet a lot of women – nobody says to me, ‘You know, Larry, I worry about what you’re going to do for women.’ Just you guys, ”he said, referring to the media. “That’s no problem. I’m going to be fair to everyone. I have common sense. I have good judgment.… I’m going to be fair to everyone, men and women. They shouldn’t. I have no concerns, ”he said when asked what he would say to voters concerned about his past comments.
“Indifferent” to Trump’s endorsement
He ignored his support for Trump in interviews with CNN and other media – noting that he had not voted for a Democrat since 1976 – and appeared to cover up his position on Trump’s big lie about voter fraud at the 2020 presidential race. When asked if he wanted the former president to support him, he replied that he was “indifferent”.
“If he wants to give me approval, fine. If he doesn’t want to give me approval, that’s fine too. I didn’t ask him. I didn’t ask,” he said. Elder told CNN. “I haven’t encouraged anyone outside (of California) to support me, no matter who he or she is.”
In previous comments, Elder appeared to change his stance on the 2020 election results, telling the Sacramento Bee editorial board that Biden won the election “fairly and squarely,” but then complained about the coverage of that remark – which sparked outrage among some senior Trump supporters on Twitter – did not include the full context of what he said about the alleged voting irregularities.
There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.
When asked by CNN if he thought the 2020 election was “stolen” as Trump claimed, Elder replied, “Do I believe there was shenanigans? Oh yes.”
When asked if he thought Biden was legitimately elected, he dodged the question.
“Biden is in the White House,” he said.
This story has been updated with more from the interview.