Republican presidential candidate Larry Elder announced that he is suspending his 2024 campaign and endorsing former President Donald Trump.
Elder shared the news during a Thursday evening announcement, calling it a "difficult" decision.
Republican presidential candidate suspends campaign, endorses Donald Trumphttps://t.co/bpgV4Im4NZ
— Toni (@ToniLL22) October 27, 2023
"The breakdown of the family structure and the absence of positive father figures in the lives of many children have far-reaching consequences for our society, including the crime wave we are currently seeing in America today," he said.
"I hope that my campaign has helped shine a light on these critical issues and sparked important conversations about how we can solve them," he added.
Honored to have just met with @realDonaldTrump to lend him my endorsement for President. I am grateful for the support I received from so many of you across the country. Statement below: pic.twitter.com/1LE9PMtv7c
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) October 26, 2023
Elder also took to social media to share the details of his announcement following a meeting with Trump.
"Honored to have just met with @realDonaldTrump to lend him my endorsement for President. I am grateful for the support I received from so many of you across the country," he posted to X.
Elder, a conservative radio host, came into the national spotlight when he challenged California Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election.
In April, Elder announced plans to run for president, focusing on the fatherlessness crisis and uniting Americans around the nation's founding values.
Elder later ran into concerns when he did not qualify for the first GOP primary debate, threatening to sue the Republican National Committee over being silenced by the party.
The latest update shows Elder backing Trump, offering another endorsement in the former president's comeback effort to face President Joe Biden in a rematch and return to the White House in 2024.