KEY POINTS

  • Villanueva questioned why there hasn’t been outrage from politicians
  • Only a few among politicians and journalists have commented on the issue
  • A NY Post op-ed called out the media for seemingly ignoring the incident
  • Elder is a stand-out candidate in next week’s gubernatorial recall election

L.A. County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called out politicians for seemingly ignoring a “hate crime” in which a white woman in a gorilla mask tried to throw an egg at Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder.

Elder, a conservative radio talk show host who hopes to replace Gavin Newsom in California's recall election next week, was accosted on the campaign trail in Venice Beach by a bike rider in an all-black ensemble and a gorilla mask. A video of the woman trying to throw an egg at the Black politician has been viewed more than a million times but news coverage remained limited.

The pink-haired woman even hit one of Elder’s security staff. A man in a gray T-shirt confronted the staffer, while another individual hit the same staffer.

“How is this not a hate crime?” Villanueva asked on Twitter. “Because 'woke privilege' means a white woman can wear a gorilla mask and attack a black man without fear of being called a racist.”

Villanueva, a Democrat, told the Washington Examiner that there would be outrage “if the roles had been reversed.” He said he believes there should be accountability, not just on the Republicans’ side but also on Democrats'. He went on to question why the California governor did not call out the “reprehensible behavior.” Villanueva pointed out that John McCain defended former U.S. President Barack Obama in the past.

Former Democratic state Sen. Gloria Romero thanked Villanueva for his call-out, and went on to list a number of politicians who have not condemned the incident.

 

Journalist Megyn Kelly retweeted the said video, captioning her post, “Disgusting. Shameful.” Rep. Dan Crenshaw, R-Texas, said the “zero condemnation or coverage” of the incident “tells you all you need to know about the left and their media allies,” adding that media attention is on racism “unless racism is targeted toward a Republican.”

In an opinion piece for the New York Post, Kyle Smith wrote that news sites have ignored the racial attack against Elder. Smith particularly said there were no posts on the incident on CNN, the Washington Post and the New York Times. “If Elder were a Democrat, the attack would have been instantly and with good reason dubbed racist,” Smith wrote.

Christopher Tremoglie has also commented on the issue in an op-ed for the Washington Examiner, stating that “Republicans must demand Democrats condemn the bigoted attacks against Elder.” Tremoglie said the attack was “racist violence,” adding that “Democrats get a lot of mileage demanding Republicans denounce people” so Republicans should step up this time to demand condemnation of the attack from Dems.

Elder is among 24 Republicans seeking to replace Newsom should the latter lose office after next week’s recall election, CBS News reported. Other Republican stand-outs in Republican cluster include former Olympian Caitlyn Jenner and former governor nominee John Cox. California has 22 million registered voters.

Larry_Elder_at_Camp_Pendleton_in_2013_(1) The L.A. County Sheriff called out politicians for ignoring the attempted egging of California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder on Wednesday. Photo: Sgt. Jacob Harrer/Wikimedia Commons