Maeve Reston | CNN
Larry Elder, the leading Republican candidate who is fighting to replace California Governor Gavin Newson, said that he does not think it is necessary for young people to be vaccinated against Covid-19 or that children wear masks in school, and he vowed to abolish any masks if he is in 9 Elected as the successor of the Democratic governor in the special election on the 14th, California staff will receive a vaccine or vaccine authorization.
“I don’t believe that science shows that young people should be vaccinated. I don’t believe that science shows that young people should wear masks in school,” Elder received in Los Angeles Monday afternoon with Joe Johns of CNN. Johns) said in an interview.
Despite the shortage of clinical positions in some pediatric ICUs that were hit hard by Covid-19 this summer, he continued to make misleading assertions that “young people are unlikely to be infected with the coronavirus. When they are infected, their symptoms may be mild. They are unlikely to be hospitalized, and of course they are unlikely to die.”
This conservative talk radio host’s statement is in stark contrast to the pattern that many doctors and medical officials have warned about, because this highly contagious variant of Delta has spread throughout the country, making more of it than the early stages of the virus last year Unvaccinated young people get sick. At a time when coronavirus infections among children across the United States surged, the Biden administration launched an intensive campaign to vaccinate teenagers and young adults.
This is a particularly scary time for parents to send their children back to face-to-face schools, as the Covid-19 vaccine has not yet been provided to children under 12 years of age. Health officials in Houston last week reported the death of a pediatric Covid-19 a young man with no underlying health problems. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, since August 2020, more than 49,000 children have been hospitalized due to Covid-19.
Although the elderly correctly believe that the risk of serious illness and death among young people is lower than that of the elderly, this does not mean that the disease is not dangerous to young people. According to data from the CDC website as of Monday, 496 of children under the age of 18 have died of Covid-19. According to the agency’s data, 3,031 Covid-19 patients between the ages of 18 and 29 have died.
Elder insisted that he was “not opposed to vaccines”, pointed out that he had been vaccinated, and urged others to get the Covid-19 vaccine. But he said that as governor, he “certainly won’t” require California workers to be vaccinated, or tested once a week, or wear a mask at work, as Newsom requested.
He rejected the idea that more and more young people are hospitalized due to Covid-19. This position contradicts the facts. In mid-August, CDC data showed that the number of hospitalizations in each age group under the age of 50 exceeded the previous January hospitalization records. Among these groups, the largest increase in hospital admissions is adults between 30 and 39 years old and children under 18 years old.
“I think science about young people is everywhere,” Elder said in the interview. “I have to refute your view that young people are dying.”
When it comes to cities, local jurisdictions, or private companies that want to enforce the use of masks or vaccines, Elder said that as governor, he “does not have much power” to control their policies. When asked if he agrees with the punitive measures taken by other governors who refused to wear masks in schools-namely, the Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, he banned wearing masks in schools and then threatened to Refusing to provide funding to school districts that disobeyed his order-Elder said, “I have no plan to do so, no.” The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that masks be generally worn in schools for all people over 2 years old, regardless of vaccination status.
The Republican-led effort to force the Democratic governor to step down was partly due to the Republican Party’s anger at Newsom’s management of the pandemic, as well as the rules and regulations that they considered excessively restrictive to slow the spread of the virus.
Newsom has been in a strong position for most of the summer, but the resurgence of Covid-19 and the wildfires raging in the state have caused state and national Democrats to worry that he is likely to be recalled and replaced by Elder or seek replacement One of his more than 40 candidates.
The mailed ballot has been sent to all 22 million registered voters in the state, and they will be asked two questions about the ballot. The first is a simple “yes” or “no” question, that is, whether they want to remove the governor. He was elected with more than 60% of the vote in 2018, but now faces very fierce competition on this issue. Voters are then asked to choose from a list of potential alternative candidates, including Elder. If Newsom is removed by a majority on the first issue, his successor will be elected by a simple majority.
“Not even close to anything on my agenda” Elder has taken many firm conservative positions on these issues, which is often influenced by his liberal attitude towards some of California’s most pressing issues. But he seemed anxious to assure the Californians that he would not stick to some of his most controversial ideas.
For example, talk radio hosts and columnists believe that the minimum wage should be zero. But he told CNN on Monday that he has no plans to try to achieve this goal: “Am I opposed to the minimum wage? Yes. … will I do anything about it? Absolutely not. This It’s not even close to anything on my agenda.”
Over the years, Elder has also taken some tough stances on immigration issues, including in 2010 he advocated amending the constitution to deprive the children of undocumented immigrants of their citizenship. He wrote in the column: “The 14th amendment is only to grant citizenship to newly released slaves, not to grant citizenship to illegal aliens.”
But when asked if he would take steps to deny medical care and education to undocumented immigrants in California, Elder replied: “Again, there is nothing on my agenda.” (California voters tried A 1994 voting measure called Proposal 187 denied immigrants to provide basic government services, but the policy was rejected by the court.)
Elder also refuted his past controversy about derogatory comments about women, which was documented by CNN’s KFile. He argues that over the years, he has also emphasized the wisdom of women and the increasing prominence of women in the workforce in his writings.
“When I was on the election campaign-I met a lot of women-no one said to me,’You know, Larry, I’m worried about what you would do to women.’ Only you,” he said, referring to media. “This is not a problem. I will treat everyone fairly. I have common sense. I have good judgment. … I will treat everyone, men and women fairly. They shouldn’t have any worries,” Dang When asked what he would tell voters who were concerned about his past comments, he said.
“Indifferent” to Trump’s support
Although Elder supported former President Donald Trump and established a close relationship with Trump’s former senior adviser Stephen Miller for many years, he accused reporters of focusing on his relationship with the former president — the latter is extremely popular among California voters. Unpopular and defeated by the President Joe Biden’s approval rate in Golden State is 63% vs. 34%.
In interviews with CNN and other media, he dismissed Trump’s support-pointing out that he had not voted for Democrats since 1976-and appeared to be in Trump’s comments on the 2020 presidential campaign. The big lie of election fraud in China hedges his position. When asked if he wanted the former president to support him, he replied that he was “indifferent.”
“If he is willing to endorse me, that’s fine. If he doesn’t want to endorse me, it’s okay. I haven’t asked him. I didn’t ask for it,” Elder told CNN. “I did not encourage anyone outside (California) to support me, no matter who he or she is.”
In past comments, Elder seemed to have changed his stance on the 2020 election results. He told the Sacramento Bee editorial board that Biden won the election “fairly and fairly”, but then complained about the reporting of that sentence— —This has aroused some high-level anger to profile Trump’s supporters on Twitter — not including the full background of his alleged voting violations.
There is no evidence of widespread election fraud in the 2020 elections.
When asked by CNN whether he thought the 2020 election was “stolen” as Trump said, Elder replied: “Do I believe in hoaxes? Oh yes.”
When asked whether he believed Biden was legitimately elected, he avoided the question.
“Biden is in the White House,” he said.