UPDATED 9:08 AM PT – Thursday, August 19, 2021
California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder, who’s running as a Republican, has vowed to lift face mask and vaccine mandates if he wins in the recall election next month.
In a series of recent statements, Elder said he would suspend all COVID-19 mandates in The Golden State immediately after taking office as governor. He stressed that vaccines work, which means masks and mandates are redundant.
Elder said people must assume responsibility for their own health choices, meaning vaccinations must be encouraged but not mandated. He added, the values of freedom and liberty are equally as important as public health.
“I would encourage people to get vaccinated. I would not make it a mandate. I think this is America and I think a lot of people, for whatever reason, do not want to be vaccinated. Either because they don’t feel the vaccine has been thoroughly tested, because they feel it was approved on an emergency basis…they don’t want to be pushed around.”
— Larry Elder
Polls show roughly half of Californians support the recall of Democrat Gov. Gavin Newsom due to his draconian lockdowns, crippling economic policies and a raging homeless crisis. The recall election is slated for September 14.
Voting has begun. If you’ve received your ballot in the mail, vote YES on question 1 to recall Gavin Newsom, who has made California unlivable for millions of people.
Vote for me, Larry Elder, on question 2, because we’ve got a state to save! pic.twitter.com/JX9Wmp3Fmz
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) August 16, 2021