Former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley generated headlines late last month when she all but declared her intention to challenge former President Donald Trump for the Republican nomination in 2024.
However, it appears she may not be the only person who is vying for the top spot on her party’s ticket, as conservative radio star Larry Elder has considered putting his name forward too.
Elder says he will make a decision “at the end of March, early April”
According to the Washington Examiner, Elder spoke about his presidential ambitions on Monday with former Fox News host Megyn Kelly.
“Wait a minute. You just slipped a little news in there. Are you actually thinking about running for president?” Kelly asked.
“Yes, I am,” Elder responded, adding, “I’m going to probably announce if I decide to do it at the end of March, early April.”
The long-time radio host explained that he has already traveled to a number of key states, saying, “I’ve been to Iowa about four or five times the last month. I’ve been to New Hampshire.”
Radio host names inflation, energy, border, and education as main issues
“I met a lot of people. I’m meeting with donors,” Elder explained. “I am really strongly giving it consideration. It isn’t because I want to derail Trump or DeSantis or anybody else who decides to run.”
“We all know what the issues are,” he continued. “They are inflation. They are energy independence. They are the borders. They are the poor education kids are getting in the inner city.”
Elder went on to declare that he wishes “to bring to the table two things,” with the first being “the centrality of having fathers in the home that we don’t talk enough about.”
“And the second is, I think I can debunk this lie about systemic racism, because I’m from the hood,” Elder pointed out.
“My father grew up in Athens, Georgia, during [the] real Jim Crow South. I think I can debunk this notion in a more passionate and I think credible way than maybe anybody else can. So I’m running for all those reasons if I decide to run,” he concluded.
Elder called “the Black face of white supremacy”
Elder unsuccessfully ran for governor of California in 2021 following a recall campaign directed against Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom.
Despite attempting to become the state’s first black governor, Elder was accused in a Los Angeles Times column of being “the Black face of white supremacy.”
He was often the target of racist abuse, including one incident in which a woman threw eggs at him while wearing a gorilla mask.