Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Fri, 15 Jan 2021 21:27:43 -0800 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Larry Elder from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/larry-elder-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder d4c37268099a276e734e2fb69db6cbd7 Twitter Permanently Bans Trump; Why Do Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Harry Reid Get a Pass? for 01/14/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/twitter-permanently-bans-trump-why-do-hillary-clinton-jimmy-carter-harry-reid-get-a-pass Thu, 14 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Twitter explained why it decided to permanently ban President Donald Trump: "After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them &#8212; specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter &#8212; we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence."</p> <p>Trump gave a long, raucous speech, in which he claimed election fraud, in front of supporters an hour before a mob stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6. This horrific siege took place during a joint session of Congress. After the violent disruption, former Vice President Joe Biden was officially certified the winner. </p> <p>Trump said: "I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard. Today, we will see whether Republicans stand strong for integrity of our elections, but whether or not they stand strong for our country, our country."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 14, 2021</p> 6574fb74a2267f01198abd8a1d3c3078 Right-Wing Conspiracy 'Insane' -- Left-Wing Conspiracy Theories, Not So Much for 01/07/2021 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/01/21/right-wing-conspiracy-insane-left-wing-conspiracy-theories-not-so-much Thu, 07 Jan 2021 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Democrats and much of the Republican-hating media call the Republicans' election challenge dead on arrival and say the effort hurt Republicans in Georgia. If so, why the outrage protestations from the left?</p> <p>Many of the election fraud allegations made by team Trump have been ignored or downplayed by media sources from which much of America gets their "news." So many Americans know nothing about the legal challenges that raise questions about voter irregularities, mathematical improbabilities, questionable extensions of ballot deadlines and unsolicited ballots apparently illegally sent in Michigan, among other factual and legal issues raised. </p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">Yes, the President Donald Trump-hating cable TV hosts, pundits, column writers, newspaper editorials and legal scholars prattle on about how these GOP congresspersons "undermine the integrity of our republic." But many of these same critics said little about the integrity of our republic when, for the entirety of Trump's presidency, critics made baseless charges</span>, including but not limited to: that Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin turned the president into a Russia asset fraudulently elected to do Moscow's bidding; that under the 25th Amendment, Trump's mental state required him to step down; that Trump's violations of the emoluments clause make him a "grifter"; and that our democratically elected president is a "fascist," a "Nazi" and, of course, a "racist."<p>Updated: Thu Jan 07, 2021</p> 3c36f3055efa840faf89598988241adb Media Saves Joe Biden -- Just as It Saved Barack Obama for 12/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/media-saves-joe-biden-just-as-it-saved-barack-obama Thu, 17 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Hunter Biden, President-elect Joe Biden's son, is undergoing a tax investigation by the U.S. Attorney's Office in Delaware concerning Hunter's lucrative work with Burisma, the Ukrainian gas company on whose board Hunter sat, despite a lack of energy experience and the ability to speak Russian or Ukrainian.</p> <p>The Media Research Center claims eight news stories, ignored or downplayed by the mainstream media, could have changed the election in favor of President Donald Trump. Over 80% of Joe Biden voters, according to the MRC, were unaware of at least one or more of the eight stories, and "36 percent of Biden voters were NOT aware of the evidence linking Joe Biden to corrupt financial dealings with China through his son Hunter." And 13% of these voters, or almost 5% of Joe Biden's total voters, said that had they known of the Biden/China story, they would not have voted for Biden, enough to tip the vote in favor of Trump in several swing states that he lost.</p> <p>When, near the end of the 2020 campaign, the New York Post published the Hunter Biden bombshell story about Hunter's laptop, linking Joe Biden to his son's dealings with the Ukrainian company Burisma, mainstream news practically closed rank to immediately dismiss the story as "Russian disinformation." Twitter even banned the New York Post from republishing its own story on the paper's Twitter account!<p>Updated: Thu Dec 17, 2020</p> 5d69cdd4112d0cbcd2810a7cb848d3a3 Remembering Walter Williams, Friend and Mentor for 12/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/remembering-walter-williams-friend-and-mentor Thu, 10 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>I met economist and professor Walter Williams when I interviewed him while hosting a local TV show in Cleveland. We discussed a number of topics but focused on race-based preferences, aka affirmative action. Williams adamantly opposed it, still an unpopular position to take, but especially back then and especially for a Black person. He calmly explained how affirmative action causes a mismatch between a student and his or her ability to succeed on a campus more competitive than would have been the case but for the race-based preferential admission. Without racial preferences, I said, schools like Harvard might have few or no Blacks. To this Williams said, "So?" </p> <p>For decades, Ebony magazine, the Black monthly magazine, sat prominently on the coffee tables in Black households across America. No longer owned by the original family, it has lost its clout. But for years, Ebony featured the "100 Most Influential Black Americans," until the large number of "influential" Black Americans caused them to rename the feature "The 100+ Most Influential Black Americans."</p> <p>And every year, despite the expanded number of Black influentials, Ebony omitted Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, economist Thomas Sowell and Williams. Never mind that Williams, to the best of my knowledge, still holds the distinction as the only Black economics professor to chair an economics department of a non-Black college or university. But he could not make the cut in Ebony.<p>Updated: Thu Dec 10, 2020</p> 62da1c28c708bd1f74c575b11c8818f2 Trump Won His Other Campaign -- to Destroy Media Credibility for 12/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/12/20/trump-won-his-other-campaign-to-destroy-media-credibility Thu, 03 Dec 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Convinced that President Donald Trump lost his bid for reelection, the media suddenly became less hysterical. Just like that, the media, at least to some degree, rediscovered concepts such as fairness and perspective, AWOL the last four years. </p> <p>Two weeks after the election, New York Times Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Nicholas Kristof haltingly, grudgingly and reluctantly, admitted that yes, Trump was right. Banning in-person school education to fight COVID-19 was and is bad policy. Kristof wrote: "Some things are true even though President Trump says them. Trump has been demanding for months that schools reopen, and on that he seems to have been largely right. Schools, especially elementary schools, do not appear to have been major sources of coronavirus transmission, and remote learning is proving to be a catastrophe for many low-income children." Kristof, of course, could not acknowledge Trump's correct judgement without the "somethings are true even though Trump says them" snark. But remember, this is The New York Times, a paper that has not endorsed a Republican for president since 1956. Little steps.</p> <p>Kristof even took a Trump-like swipe at Democratic-run cities. And, whether inadvertently or not, he made the case for K-12 vouchers for inner city kids: "So Democrats helped preside over school closures that have devastated millions of families and damaged children's futures. Cities such as Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, D.C., have closed schools while allowing restaurants to operate. ... School closures magnify these inequities, as many private schools remain open and affluent parents are better able to help kids adjust to remote learning. At the same time, low-income children fall even further behind."<p>Updated: Thu Dec 03, 2020</p> 61cc78d05a869443e544f6c16165bb68 'Never' and 'Infrequent' Voters Vote Democrat for 11/26/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/never-and-infrequent-voters-vote-democrat Thu, 26 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>The campaigns of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden aggressively pursued votes from those who never voted or who only did so infrequently. In October, The New York Times wrote: "Both parties are succeeding in one of their chief goals this year: to motivate large numbers of infrequent voters or nonvoters to come off the sidelines for what supporters of both nominees call the most crucial election of a lifetime."</p> <p><span class="column--highlighted-text">How successful have the campaigns been in shaking loose these never or infrequent voters? According to TargetSmart, a Democratic voting analytical firm, very. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, some 7.3 million infrequent and first-time voters cast ballots as of Oct. 20, over twice the number cast at the same time during the 2016 election. </span></p> <p>Who are these "never" or "infrequent" voters? <p>Updated: Thu Nov 26, 2020</p> 54039b5645a2ea74343763656481d137 Biden to 'Racist' Trump Voters: 'Let's Heal' for 11/19/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/biden-to-racist-trump-voters-lets-heal Thu, 19 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>After four years of attacking President Donald Trump as "illegitimate," "fascist," "Nazi," "tyrant," "dictator," "racist," "anti-Semitic," "Russian stooge," "traitor," "grifter," "xenophobe," "sexist," "homophobe," "ignorant," "fat" and "lazy," Former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive president-elect, now says, "Let's heal."</p> <p>In his "victory speech," Biden said: "And to those who voted for President Trump, I understand your disappointment tonight.</p> <p>"I've lost a couple of elections myself. But now, let's give each other a chance.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 19, 2020</p> aad93f44ab37b8c34142322ecc24fcc9 TMZ to Elder on 'Systemic' Racism: You're Using Facts; I'm Using Humanity for 11/12/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/tmz-to-elder-on-systemic-racism-youre-using-facts-im-using-humanity Thu, 12 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Maybe it was because the presidential election was just a few days away. Or maybe it was because I arrived at the airport a good two hours before my flight and had plenty of time. Or maybe it was because of the combative interview I recently had with the celebrity website TMZ. We will get to that later.</p> <p>But as I walked through the Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport, I saw a young white man with long black hair, maybe 20 years old, walking toward me. He was wearing a black T-shirt with white letters: "Protect Black Women." It was quite early. The airport wasn't particularly busy, and he and I were alone in a hall corridor.</p> <p>"Excuse me," I said, "Do you mind if I ask in what way aren't Black women protected?" <p>Updated: Thu Nov 12, 2020</p> 3864c280a8acd152c1feee84930bc41e Random Thoughts On and Around Election Night for 11/05/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/11/20/random-thoughts-on-and-around-election-night Thu, 05 Nov 2020 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>What was my Election Day prediction? That I'd be drunk by midnight.</p> <p>No matter what happens with the presidency, it appears, as of this writing, that Republicans have a good shot at retaining control of the Senate. So, goodbye to the "Squad"-driven left-wing agenda under a Biden presidency, especially now that President Donald Trump has given the Republicans a pair of cashews.<p>Updated: Thu Nov 05, 2020</p> c8202abfbaa3a55bbdc862afe69499a6 Donald Trump: Why He Deserves 4 More Years for 10/29/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/20/donald-trump-why-he-deserves-4-more-years Thu, 29 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Lost on the President Donald Trump-hating pundits who weighed in on the second and final debate with former Vice President Joe Biden was Trump's energy and focus. The man just recovered from COVID-19. </p> <p>Male and 74 years old, Trump is in the "high-risk" category. His weight makes him "comorbid." Yet, there he was, still throwing heat at the end of the standing 90-minute debate, having spoken earlier that day at a typically raucous love fest/campaign rally. Trump handily defeated Biden, who noticeably tired by the end of this second and final debate. </p> <p>Yes, nearly all polls show Biden ahead both nationally and in the battleground states. Imagine where Trump would rank in the polls but for the constant, relentless negative media coverage and deranged opposition that would have suffocated the average politician. Nearly one-third of the Democratic caucus boycotted Trump's inaugural address. Several Democrats never attended a single State of the Union speech. <p>Updated: Thu Oct 29, 2020</p> 621a90c21fe293d524e868ff3ae92cae Ice Cube Gets It -- Almost for 10/22/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/20/ice-cube-gets-it-almost Thu, 22 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Rapper/actor Ice Cube is on the brink of understanding the left-wing con! He appears on the verge of understanding the fake product that the Democrats and the media have been peddling: that America remains guilty of "systemic racism." </p> <p>In a video Cube posted on social media, he wondered what Blacks are getting in return for their virtually unquestioned loyalty to the Democratic Party. In explaining why he recently met with Democrats <i>and</i> Republicans, Cube tweeted: "Every side is the Darkside for us here in America. They're all the same until something changes for us. They all lie and they all cheat but we can't afford not to negotiate with whoever is in power or our condition in this country will never change. Our justice is bipartisan."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 22, 2020</p> 240ad598e0ec51d112efe8b11f54eb6b Fatherless Households: A National Crisis for 10/15/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/20/fatherless-households-a-national-crisis Thu, 15 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In a recent television appearance, I discussed my appointment to a presidential commission called "The Social Status of Black Men and Black Boys." I called fatherless households America's top domestic problem, a particularly severe phenomenon in the Black community where nearly 70% of kids begin their lives in households with unmarried mothers. </p> <p>I then received the following letter:</p> <p>"Dear Mr. Elder:<p>Updated: Thu Oct 15, 2020</p> 4b6be74f7d8013341a318c743d123813 Trump Contracts COVID-19; What Happened to Compassion? for 10/08/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/10/20/trump-contracts-covid-19-what-happened-to-compassion Thu, 08 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Comedian Chris Rock, hosting "Saturday Night Live," summarized the feelings shared by much of President Donald Trump-hating America when he quipped, "President Trump is in the hospital from COVID and I just wanna say my heart goes out to COVID." The audience then erupted in laughter.</p> <p>During the Barack Obama administration, the country faced the H1N1 virus, or swine flu. Did the Obama administration, unlike the Trump administration, respond to that crisis with scientific-based action that saved the lives of untold Americans? Joe Biden aide Ron Klain, who served Biden in the White House during the Obama administration, candidly admitted no.</p> <p>At a 2019 forum at the National Press Club, Klain said: "I was in the White House in 2009 and 2010. I was working for Vice President Biden. I wasn't involved directly in the H1N1 response, but I lived through it as a White House staffer, and what I would say about it is: A bunch of really talented, really great people were working on it, and we did every possible thing wrong. And 60 million Americans got H1N1 in that period of time, and it's just purely a fortuity that this isn't one of the great mass casualty events in American history. It had nothing to do with us doing anything right. It just had to do with luck."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 08, 2020</p> 4aa2bce31d1230523b0636e939317233 Breonna Taylor Case: Black Kentucky Attorney General Called 'Sellout,' Compared to Slavemaster for 10/01/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/breonna-taylor-case-black-kentucky-attorney-general-called-sellout-compared-to-slavemaster Thu, 01 Oct 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, who spoke at the Republican National Convention, declined to bring murder charges against the three white officers involved in the tragic shooting of Louisville's Breonna Taylor, a Black woman.</p> <p>Contrary to the public assertion made by a Taylor family lawyer, Cameron, who is Black, said the Louisville police did <i>not</i> go to the wrong address when executing a search warrant. Nor was Taylor shot and killed in her bed, as also publicly asserted by the family lawyer. Ben Crump, a spokesman and defense attorney for the Taylor family, falsely claimed the police went to the wrong address. And in a statement full of inaccuracies, Crump, who negotiated a $12 million settlement with Louisville, said, "Taylor and her boyfriend were asleep in their apartment when Louisville Police burst into the home without warning using a battering ram, in search of a suspect who was already in their custody."<p>Updated: Thu Oct 01, 2020</p> d69a7bb090cc72268322338db0256b75 Democrats Want Trump Not To Nominate RBG's Successor; Cue the Laughter for 09/24/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/democrats-want-trump-not-to-nominate-rbgs-successor-cue-the-laughter Thu, 24 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Consider this mind experiment. It is September 2016. Democrats control the United States Senate, 54-44, with two independents who caucus with the Democrats. In the upcoming election, 24 Democratic seats are in play, versus 10 Republican seats. Therefore, the Democrats' continued control over the Senate is anything but a foregone conclusion. The same, of course, is true about the presidency.</p> <p>Now imagine that Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas suddenly dies some 50 days before the election, providing President Barack Obama with an opportunity to dramatically redirect the court by replacing a "conservative" justice with a "progressive." </p> <p>But NPR's Supreme Court reporter, Nina Totenberg, reports that, on Thomas' deathbed, he told a family member, "My fervent wish is that I will not be replaced until a new president is installed." Citing "the principle of fairness," Republican Minority Leader Mitch McConnell requests that Obama <i>not</i> submit a successor nominee and that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer <i>not</i> hold confirmation hearings until after the election. <p>Updated: Thu Sep 24, 2020</p> 093bf2982c112a1061bfe47cb4f36713 Dems Call Trump a Mass-Murdering Racist; His Poll Numbers Rise for 09/17/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/dems-call-trump-a-mass-murdering-racist-his-poll-numbers-rise Thu, 17 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>According to a recent Hill-HarrisX poll of registered voters, President Donald Trump's approval rating just hit its highest mark since June. This may or may not hold after back-to-back alleged "bombshells" about what Trump knew about COVID-19 and about Trump allegedly disparaging fallen soldiers as "losers." </p> <p>But still, for Democrats, these new poll numbers are triggering yet another round of head-shaking. After all, the Democratic perception and characterization of Trump is that of a crass, ignorant, xenophobic, incompetent, mass-murdering racist. </p> <p>How, they ask, can someone who put the "d" in deplorable not find himself universally rejected? Or, as Peter Strzok, the fired senior FBI agent who led the Trump-Russia collusion probe, famously texted about the 2016 election, "Hillary should win 100,000,000-0."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 17, 2020</p> 7b53c66980681ce28a981999f6f0731b A Tale of Two White, Bigoted Team Owners for 09/10/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/a-tale-of-two-white-bigoted-team-owners Thu, 10 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Assuming one can still call an owner of a professional basketball team an "owner," this piece is about two of them. Both owners are white and bigoted, but only one was white, bigoted <i>and</i> incredibly stupid.</p> <p>The first was named Ted Stepien. In 1980, this advertising magnate purchased the abysmal NBA Cleveland Cavaliers. Stepien thought he had a formula for success. White fans, he insisted, preferred to watch white players. The Cavaliers' stadium, at the time, was located between Cleveland and Akron, Ohio, in a predominantly white demographical area. Stepien felt fans would come if the players looked like them. In 1981, he told Sport Magazine: "I feel that whites should have a position in the athletic world. Sometimes they've given it up. ... Professional sports in general would gain greater respect if whites competed more with Blacks in athletics, as much as Blacks want to compete more in the business world."</p> <p>Stepien stacked the team with white players for the white fans. In 1980, he told a Pittsburgh Post-Gazette sports writer: "No team should be all white and no team should be all Black, either. That's what bothers me about the NBA: You've got a situation here where Blacks represent little more than 5% of the market, yet most teams are at least 75% Black and the New York Knicks are 100% Black. Teams with that kind of makeup can't possibly draw from a suitable cross-section of fans."<p>Updated: Thu Sep 10, 2020</p> 5879d119f82c21108e9d4a55066ba2bb Pro Athletes Use Facts, Stats and Data for Their Jobs -- but Ignore Facts, Stats and Data When Denouncing 'Systemic Police Brutality' for 09/03/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/09/20/pro-athletes-use-facts-stats-and-data-for-their-jobs-but-ignore-facts-stats-and-data-when-denouncing-systemic-police-brutality Thu, 03 Sep 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Reacting to the shooting of a Black man by a white Kenosha, Wisconsin, cop, a tearful Doc Rivers, the Black NBA Los Angeles Clippers Coach, held a postgame press conference. </p> <p>Rivers said: "All you hear is Donald Trump and all of them talking about fear. We're the ones getting killed. We're the ones getting shot. We're the ones that were denied to live in certain communities. We've been hung. We've been shot. And all you do is keep hearing about fear. It's amazing why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back. It's really so sad. Like, I should just be a coach. And I'm so often reminded of my color. ... It's just really sad. We got to do better. But we got to demand better."</p> <p>"We're the ones getting killed"? "We're the ones getting shot"? "And all you do is keep hearing about fear"? <p>Updated: Thu Sep 03, 2020</p> 00ef6bbaf643714abd7a304a58649543 Kamala Harris: 'There is No Vaccine Against Racism' for 08/27/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/kamala-harris-there-is-no-vaccine-against-racism Thu, 27 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>A few years ago, a political cartoon depicted Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton looking wistfully into the night sky as they make a wish "for an end to racial strife and bigotry." In the next panel, both suddenly evaporate, indicating that the eradication of racism would leave these two "leaders" with nothing to do and that their race-hustling would come to an end.</p> <p>This brings us to Sen. Kamala Harris' Democratic National Convention speech, where she accepted her nomination as vice president and quickly whipped out the race card. Harris said: "And let's be clear &#8212; there is no vaccine for racism. We've gotta do the work."<p>Updated: Thu Aug 27, 2020</p> 4130c877ebd7deb9bad49aef89c01c73 More Random Thoughts When Not Out Protesting for 08/20/2020 https://www.creators.com/read/larry-elder/08/20/more-random-thoughts-when-not-out-protesting Thu, 20 Aug 2020 00:00:00 -0700 <p>True Santa Monica, California, story: I saw a white man wearing a Che Guevara T-shirt. I went up to him and said, "You know, Guevara was racist, called Blacks dumb and lazy." He said, "Really?!" I said, "Google it." As I walked away, it looked like he was Googling it &#8212; either that or calling 911.</p> <p>"This virus has impacted almost every country. But there's a reason it has hit America worse than any other advanced nation. It's because of Trump's failure to take it seriously." &#8212; Kamala Harris, Aug. 12, 2020.</p> <p>Actually, Belgium, the U.K., Spain, Italy and Sweden have <i>more</i> deaths per capita.<p>Updated: Thu Aug 20, 2020</p>