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Some MAGA fans are turning on Larry Elder because he said the 2020 election wasn't stolen

Some MAGA fans are turning on Larry Elder because he said the 2020 election wasn't stolen

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Radio talk show host Larry Elder, center, poses for selfies with supporters during a campaign stop Tuesday, July 13, 2021, in Norwalk, Calif. 

Radio host Larry Elder has emerged as the front-runner among Republican voters in the Gavin Newsom recall election, but he apparently recently committed an act of sacrilege for some prominent Donald Trump fans.

During an interview with the Sacramento Bee's editorial board, Elder said Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election "fairly and squarely" — a position at odds with former President Donald Trump and many of his supporters, who still repeat a multitude of debunked claims that widespread fraud altered the result of the election. Biden won the popular vote by more than 7 million votes and the Electoral College by a solid majority of 306 electoral votes to Trump's 232.

After a clip of Elder's interview started to circulate on social media, former Trump attorney Jenna Ellis, who worked unsuccessfully to overturn the results of the election, criticized the candidate.

"This could cost @larryelder a lot of votes in California," she tweeted. "I fully disagree with his comments here and he was clearly poorly advised."

"WTF," tweeted Juanita Broaddrick, the former nursing home administrator and current MAGA Twitter influencer who alleged Bill Clinton raped her. "Larry Elder: 'Biden won the election fair and square.'"

"Californians who are voting in the recall election need immediate clarification from Larry Elder as to whether he thinks Biden won fair and square," wrote John Pierce, another popular conservative account with over 21,000 followers. "Immediate."

Several smaller MAGA-affiliated accounts replied to Ellis, Broaddrick, Pierce and others with responses ranging from "Traitor" to "He just lost my vote" or even "Check him for a concussion." A simple Twitter search of "Elder Biden won" reveals a quite a lot of anger over Elder acknowledging the legitimacy of Biden's victory.

Amid the grumbling, Elder later tweeted, "Do I believe there were shenanigans in the 2020 presidential election? Yes. But it's time to focus on retaking the White House in 2024."

Some conservatives came to Elder's defense.

"Larry Elder was 'poorly advised' because he answered a question accurately (that Joe Biden won the 2020 election)," tweeted GOP pollster Frank Luntz.

"The difference between Jenna Ellis and Larry Elder is that Larry is on the cusp of unseating a Democratic governor in the bluest state in the nation and Jenna couldn't even steal an election from a near-octogenarian who routinely forgets the names of his own Cabinet members," wrote the Washington Examiner's Tiana Lowe.

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