Talk show host and recall candidate Larry Elder was attacked by several protestors hurling eggs while walking through the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles on Wednesday.
The Elder campaign had just begun its final leg of the campaign by instituting a statewide “Recall Express” bus tour on Tuesday, with stops in Los Angeles, Venice, Northridge, and Santa Barbara scheduled on Wednesday. His Venice stop was across from the Gold’s Gym, a popular campaign stop for many politicians due to its proximity to many large homeless encampments in the area and many services catering to low-income and homeless people. In the last month, several recall candidates had walked in the exact same place, including Caitlyn Jenner’s first campaign stop after returning from a month-long hiatus in Australia.
Walking with campaign staff, as well as many local officials such as Venice Neighborhood Council Public Health & Safety Committee chair Soledad Ursua and Venice Neighborhood Council Public Health & Safety Committee officer Chie Lunn, Elder was being shown the conditions of the Venice neighborhood when the attack happened.
Several mask wearing protestors came close to Elder and his staff and threw eggs. When confronted, they quickly grew agitated, began hitting members of Elder’s group who confronted them, and proceeded to throw more eggs at Elder. While the protesters grew belligerent and noted, among other things, that Elder would not change anything with only a year as Governor, Elder was quickly escorted safely away in an SUV.
Breaking: A flying egg narrowly missed the back of recall candidate @larryelder's head after it was thrown by an activist wearing a gorilla mask in Venice. A scuffle broke out and the candidate was escorted into an SUV.
— Kate Cagle (@KateCagle) September 8, 2021
It remained unclear as of Wednesday afternoon if Elder had been hit at all by the projectiles, if any of his staff was hit, or if any charges would be filed against those who instigated the attack.
Eggs, insults thrown by protesters at Elder
Eyewitnesses on the ground noted that the incident happened fast and left behind many locals and members of the press who had been caught off guard.
“They always show videos of attacks on politicians or even assassination attempts where they throw whoever into the back of a car quickly and drive away, and it was odd seeing it happen there,” explained Kevin Yang, a Venice local who stopped to watch part of the Elder event on his way to work. “One moment he was walking down the street, then this [expletive] crazy lady in a gorilla mask threw an egg at him and this bald headed guy tried to goad a guy stopped her into a fight. Then the gorilla lady hit the one guy, and more eggs were thrown. Then this white SUV just drove away, which I later found out that Elder had been in. I wish I recorded it.”
“After all that a bunch of those protesters began talking even more, and I just shook my head and walked to my bus station. I didn’t need more of that, you know?
“I’m a Democrat and I am against the recall. I’m also pro-Newsom. I’ll be level with you. But what those protesters did wasn’t right and it puts those wanting to keep Newsom in in a bad light. We can’t stoop down to that level or it’s only going to hurt us. It’s going to make the other side want to beat us that much more. I don’t think you’re going to find any serious Democrat condoning this either.”
The California Globe has reached out to the Elder campaign as well as Venice officials regarding the incident and will update as more details are given.
Elder is currently leading all other recall candidates by a double digit percentage and would likely be elevated to Governor if the recall succeeds.
This Larry Elder assault video is deeply concerning.
His attacker wears a monkey mask while the others call his staff “boy”. Then what looks like a reporter laughs. Then a man screams “DEMOCRATS RUN EVERYTHING!”
Vengeful totalitarianism. pic.twitter.com/bWEUYZndUt
— Raheem J. Kassam (@RaheemKassam) September 8, 2021
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