California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) is facing a recall election slated for this upcoming Tuesday. If removed, the Democrat would likely be succeeded in office by the current GOP frontrunner in the race, conservative pundit Larry Elder.
But those on the left are no fan of Elder, who would be the Golden State’s first Black governor, if elected. They made that clear Wednesday, when the Republican gubernatorial hopeful and his team were attacked by demonstrators who Elder said “physically assaulted” his security detail and even shot at them with a pellet gun, Fox News reported.
“We will save California”
Elder shared the news in a tweet posted the evening after the alleged attack.
“Today I kicked off the Recall Express bus tour,” Elder wrote on Twitter, according to Fox. “Before we even left Los Angeles, my security detail was physically assaulted, shot with a pellet gun, and hit with projectiles.”
He added: “The intolerant left will not stop us. We will recall Gavin Newsom. We will save California.”
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. The intolerant left will not stop us. We will recall Gavin Newsom. We will save California.
— Larry Elder (@larryelder) September 9, 2021
Republican candidate attacked
The incidents Elder described reportedly occurred as he and his campaign team were surveying a homeless encampment in Los Angeles, likely as part of a bid to share the gubernatorial candidate’s plans to address the homeless crisis that has plagued the city and elsewhere in the state, but that has and gone largely unaddressed by Gov. Newsom and fellow Democrat.
But the Daily Mail noted, that visit was cut short — and Elder was hustled to a waiting SUV — when angry demonstrators berated and cursed at the Republican and his team.
Among those in the crowd, according to reports, was a woman who allegedly threw eggs — just barely missing Elder himself, according to Fox — and shouted slurs at the man who could become California’s first Black governor.
A look ahead
The woman was also reportedly caught on video punching one of Elder’s staffers. The Los Angeles Police Department is said to be investigating the incident, but no arrests have been made yet, the Los Angeles Times reports.
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
For California voters, the questions on Tuesday are simple: Should Newsom be recalled? And if so, who should replace him? Current polling puts the Democrat in a good position to keep control of the state, but that doesn’t mean Elder will be backing down in the fight.