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Los Angeles Times columnist Erika Smite used some eye-popping language to denounce Larry Elder, the leading Republican candidate to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

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WHAT HAPPENED

“Like a lot of Black people, though, I’ve learned that it’s often best just to ignore people like Elder,” Smith wrote Friday, ahead of the Sept. 14 recall election. “People who are — as my dad used to say — ‘skinfolk’ but not necessarily kinfolk.”

  • “Like a lot of Black people, though, I’ve learned that it’s often best just to ignore people like Elder,” Smith said. “People who are — as my dad used to say — ‘skinfolk’ but not necessarily kinfolk.”
  • “His candidacy feels personal,” she added at one point in her piece. “Like an insult to Blackness.”

Elder fired back later in the day, tweeting: “You’ve got to be real scared and desperate to play the race card against the brother from South Central.”

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