Back in 2013 during a tense exchange with CA Gov. Jerry Brown, Larry Elder told the Democratic governor that he will not be “kissing your butt” and won’t back down from his disagreements.
The two sparred for a while over the governor’s plans for an expensive bullet train in the state. Elder argued that the train would not be able to run without wasteful government subsidies, to which Brown replied, “You don’t think the freeways are run with subsidies? The airports are run with subsidies. Come on. It costs money.”
Jerry Brown continued: “If you’re one of these anti-government guys who wants to dismantle the basic infrastructure of civilization, you and I have a disagreement.”
“Now who’s being rude and unfair?” Larry fired back. “I never said anything about dismantling government.”
After a bit more back-and-forth, a frustrated Jerry Brown said, “Look, you invited me under the pretense of talking about one subject.”
“No, Governor,” Larry shot back. “Your staff called us and you wanted to come on this show, and now you’re unhappy because I’m not kissing your butt. I’m not going to do it.”