Larry Elder calls ‘BS’ against ‘establishment’ RNC, vows lawsuit to ‘halt’ primary debate

Republican presidential candidate Larry Elder just announced he’s suing the Republican National Committee for disqualifying him from the first primary debate to be held on Wednesday.

Following the RNC announcing the eight presidential candidates that will take the debate stage in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday, Elder blasted the GOP for excluding him after he allegedly met the qualification requirements.

“I intend to sue the RNC to halt Wednesday’s presidential debate,” Elder announced on X.

“I said from the beginning that it appeared the rules of the game were rigged, little did we know just how rigged it is. For some reason, the establishment leaders at the RNC are afraid of having my voice on the debate stage. Just as I had to fight to successfully be on the ballot in the California recall election, I will fight to be on that debate stage because I fully met all of the requirements to do so,” he declared.

Elder, former Texas Rep. Will Hurd, and entrepreneur Perry Johnson were all cut from the shortlist for the debate.

To make the debate, candidates were required to meet a 40,000-donor threshold, including 200 unique donors in 20 states or territories, and receive at least 1% in three national polls or 1% in two national polls and 1% in an early nominating state such as Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, or South Carolina. Elder asserts he met those qualifications.

“The RNC Committee on Debates meets in Milwaukee today. Are they even aware their leaders are keeping voices off the stage that qualified?” Elder continued on X. “I’m calling for a discussion and a vote of the full committee on the rigged polling criteria set by the anti-conservative, anti-Trump RNC establishment.”

In a video that Elder released on X, he asserted that after his campaign submitted the qualification package, the RNC took issue with a Rasmussen poll because of its ties to former President Trump.

“This is BS,” Elder said in the video. “It is designed, in my opinion, to ensure that [Florida Gov.] Ron DeSantis is the nominee — anybody other than Donald Trump.”

“The reason, as stated by the RNC, is that Rasmussen Polls have ties to former President Donald Trump – an individual who is not even participating in the upcoming debate,” Elder’s campaign said in a statement. “Larry Elder has no knowledge about whether Donald Trump has ever worked with Rasmussen previously.”

Hurd, for his part, railed against the RNC’s loyalty pledge that the RNC is requiring all candidates to sign.

“I have said from day one of my candidacy that I will not sign a blood oath to Donald Trump,” he declared.

He also claimed he had met the 40,000-donor threshold and that he was registering in multiple polls.

“The lack of transparency and confusion around the RNC’s debate requirements is antithetical to the democratic process,” Hurd claimed. “The polling standards are arbitrary, unclear, and lack consistency. This is an unacceptable process for a presidential election. The American people deserve better.”

Johnson also hammered the debate, calling it “corrupted.” He stated he had met the donor and polling requirements as well.

“The debate process has been corrupted, plain and simple,” Johnson charged. “Our campaign hit every metric put forward by the RNC and we have qualified for the debate. We’ll be in Milwaukee Wednesday and will have more to say tomorrow.”

On Monday night, the RNC announced that the eight candidates who qualified for the debate are Gov. Doug Burgum (R-ND), former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley, former Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson, former Vice President Mike Pence, entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy, and Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC).

Trump is skipping the debate and is instead airing an interview with former Fox News host Tucker Carlson on X, formerly Twitter.

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