Conservative radio host Larry Elder, once a strong supporter of former President Trump, railed against the former president’s ability to attract swing voters to the 2024 presidential election.
Elder, who announced his own GOP bid for the 2024 presidential election last month, said in an interview with Fox News on Friday that he supports what Trump is doing as president and so do other Republicans, but they ” rightly” worried that she would not win over swing voters, especially suburban women.
“They are very concerned, and I think rightly so, that a significant number of swing voters, especially suburban women, will not vote for the man if he walks on water,” Elder told the guest host of “Fox News Tonight ” that Trey Gowdy. “Actually, if he did … they’d say he couldn’t swim.”
Elder also discussed his experience of losing friends because of his support for Trump and explained that others have too.
“If you lose friends because of Donald Trump — and I’ve lost three friends I’ve known for almost 40 years, two of whom I practiced law with — if you stop talking to co-workers at work because of Donald Trump , if your relationship with your family members is hurt because of Donald Trump, I submit to you, Trey: Houston we have a problem,” he told Gowdy, who is a former GOP congressman from South Carolina.
He added that Trump did not “invent” the idea of tax cuts or building a border wall on the southern US border, but he likes Trump’s policies.
“He’s been very successful in implementing Republican policies, and I’m from the Republican wing of the Republican Party, and if you’re afraid that we might get another reenact between Trump and [President] Biden and fear that Biden will defeat him again, you need a vehicle to push policies, and I am the vehicle,” he said.
The radio host previously said while he was considering a bid for the presidency that if he were to run, he didn’t feel he would be running against Trump or any Republican but against Biden.
Elder, who ran unsuccessfully in a 2021 recall election attempt against California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D), also asked viewers to donate to his campaign to ensure he will qualify to participate in the GOP primary debates later this year.
“Once I do, it’s game on, hold my beer,” he said.
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