Dear Conservatives: Larry Elder is a Scam Artist; You’re the Marks

Elder is the latest person to figure out how to game right-wing entertainment complex

Manny Otiko

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Larry Elder (Gage Skidmore)

I’ve written about six articles about right-wing shock jock Larry Elder over the last three weeks. I hope I don’t have to write anymore because he thrives on publicity. However, that’s probably not going to happen since I write about politics, and unfortunately, Elder isn’t going away.

Even though he was soundly beaten at the polls during the recent recall election, he plans to run again. If the recall had been successful, it would have removed California Gov. Gavin Newsom, but fortunately, Golden State residents didn’t make the same mistake as the United States in 2016.

However, all the publicity from the recall loss has been good for Elder’s business. According to The Los Angeles Times, he’s looking to renegotiate his radio contract. I’m sure FOX News will be soon calling with a new deal. So losing has been very good for Elder.

A recent cartoon even depicted Elder as the Terminator, saying, “I’ll be back.” But, this perfectly encapsulates Elder’s schtick. He’ll keep running because it’s good for business. Ultimately, Elder is a con man. However, the marks in his con game are white conservatives.

The long con

As a resident of Southern California, I’ve been familiar with him for a while. I heard of his talk show and I’ve seen his books. He also occasionally turns up on TV as a commentator on FOX News. But over the last couple of months, I’ve had to take him more seriously and do more research into his ideology.

Elder’s con is telling white conservatives what they want to hear and verbalizing the racist comments they can’t say. Sure they can’t tell Black people, they’re lazy and prone to crime but listen to Larry long enough and he’ll do it for you.

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Manny Otiko

Manny Otiko writes about race, politics and sports. He has been published in Salon and LA Weekly. Follow him on Twitter @mannyotiko.