Although I do not agree with “got you moments” in political campaigns where the opponent catches his or her rival by quoting something they said decades ago, this is not the case when it comes to Larry Elder who is attempting to unseat California Governor Gavin Newsom in a recall election.
Elder, a Fox News favorite and all-around mouthpiece for the far right, is claiming that Democrats are “distorting” what he wrote in a 2000 article that women are less intelligent than men concerning politics and economics, thereby making them better voters for Democrats, according to Newsweek.
The problem for Elder is that there is no distortion. He actually did say that “women know less that men.”
Here is the quote from the May 5, 2000 article in Capitalism Magazine, Democrats and the “She” Vote by Larry Elder:
“Women know less than men about political issues, economics, and current events. Good news for Democrats, bad news for Republicans. For the less one knows, the easier the manipulation.”Democrats and the “She” Vote by Larry Elder
Read the article for yourself. There is more, including Elder later doubling down, using a study that female voters are “more ignorant than men, irrespective of age, race, income, education, marital status, or party identification! Why? Women, more so than men, get their news from local television.”
California voters will have to decide how relevant Elder’s views about women are.