Conservative commentator Larry Elder has been gaining traction in his bid to unseat Democratic California Gov. Gavin Newsom in an upcoming recall election.
That momentum has apparently upset critics, including one who lobbed an egg at Elder during a campaign event in Los Angeles on Wednesday, according to Fox News.
“Here’s the raw”
As multiple social media users revealed, the entire incident was caught on video.
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
Elder was in the Venice neighborhood when he and his team encountered a group of protesters as they walked down the street.
One activist clad in a gorilla mask threw an egg, but it appeared to narrowly miss hitting the candidate in the head. Aides advised Elder about the incident before a second egg flew in his direction. It is unclear whether any of the projectiles actually hit him.
When Elder’s security team confronted the woman seen throwing the egg, she reportedly responded with a stream of profanities and even slapped one of the individuals. Other protesters joined in the altercation as Elder was escorted to safety in a nearby SUV. He left the scene as activists continued to shout derogatory remarks about him.
“We will save California”
Elder later responded to the incident on Twitter, writing: “Today I kicked off the Recall Express bus tour. Before we even left Los Angeles, my security detail was physically assaulted, shot with a pellet gun, and hit with projectiles.”
Despite the unexpected interruption, however, the Republican remained defiant and optimistic.
“The intolerant left will not stop us,” he said. “We will recall Gavin Newsom. We will save California.”
As for the mainstream media, most outlets opted to ignore the incident altogether. Political commentator Dave Rubin opined: “Put any Black Democrat in that picture and you have the cover of every newspaper in America tomorrow.”
Although Elder is the leading GOP candidate in the recall election, polls still show that Newsom will likely hold on to his position. As of this writing, Newsom had not publicly addressed the attack on his rival.