Things didn’t turn out the way conservative talk show host Larry Elder hoped during a recent campaign stop in Los Angeles. Elder is running to replace California Gov. Gavin Newsom in a recall election. During a stop near a homeless encampment in the Los Angeles neighborhood of Venice, Elder was met with anger and had an egg thrown at him by a woman in a guerilla mask.
Elder is the top Republican candidate in next week’s recall election. An angry crowd followed him and yelled at him as he made his way down a Venice street, according to The Los Angeles Times.
A video posted to social media showed one man repeatedly calling the candidate a “sorry piece of shit” and asking Elder, “What are you going to do for the Black man?”
Another video shows a woman wearing a pink gorilla mask throwing an egg that just misses Elder’s head. That video has been viewed more than 3.5 million times.
Elder made a hasty escape into a white SUV waiting nearby.
“An egg was thrown at Mr. Elder, and a member of his security detail was assaulted,” said Ying Ma, the Elder campaign’s communications director, in a statement to Newsweek. “Such violence is completely unacceptable. Will Gavin Newsom condemn it? Most likely not—because rampant crime and rising homelessness are problems of his making.
“Larry Elder is the disruptor to Newsom’s status quo and the hope for a brighter future in California,” Ma added. “That’s precisely why the entrenched political interests will go to any lengths to stop him.”
Elder declared his candidacy on July 12 and soon emerged as the leading Republican. The election is scheduled for Sept. 14 and asks voters to answer two questions: Should Newsom be recalled and, if so, which candidate should replace him.
An average of recent polls from polling analysis site FiveThirtyEight showed Newsom leading by 12.3 percent as of Sept. 8.
ABC 7 Eyewitness News Reporter reporter Josh Haskell tweeted that “The Elder campaign seemed surprised by the hostility from some of the homeless residents in #venice and rushed Elder to a vehicle while campaign security faced off with some residents who just wanted #larryelder to leave. Elder was going to answer questions, but unclear now”.
“Elder thought he was going to use these homeless folks as a media prompt, but it backfired” specialkay #ADOS NY @kmac4627 tweeted.
“Who knew the homeless were so ‘up’ on politics? What is real and what is staged? If regular ‘press’ probably staged” RustyDusty tweeted @RussellTreadwa2.
BCF @MFEnriqueBK called out the bias in that remark, replying, “Some homeless people may actual be your coworkers, using facilities to maintain cleanliness vs risking safety in the shelters. Not all are strung out druggies, some have children with yours as classmates. L. Elder talks AT people vs talking TO people, hence the reaction.”
Kenneth W. Smith, Esq@Attysmith tweeted, “Tough crowd. LoL! I guess that the support of slave owner reparations doesn’t play well with the decedents of former slaves…problems of his making.”
Elder was recently criticized over controversial statements about reparations for slave owners. During an appearance on Prager University’s “The Candace Owens Show,” he said he was in favor of reparations for slave owners whose legal “property” was taken from them after the Civil War.
Elder argued that enslaved individuals were legally deemed “property” and that slave owners and their estates are owed compensation for the human property they lost following the end of the Civil War and the passage of the 13th amendment which partially abolished slavery after 1865, Yahoo reported.
“When people talk about reparations, do they really want to have that conversation? Like it or not, slavery was legal,” Elder said. “Their legal property was taken away from them after the Civil War, so you could make an argument that the people that are owed reparations are not only just Black people but also the people whose ‘property’ was taken away after the end of the Civil War.”
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