L.A. County Sheriff Calls Attack on Larry Elder ‘Hate Crime’; Blames ‘Woke Privilege’

Larry Elder (Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty)
Robyn Beck / AFP / Getty

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called Wednesday’s racist attack on conservative gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder (R) a “hate crime,” adding that the woman who attacked him had been motivated partly by “woke privilege.”

Elder had been walking through a neighborhood in Venice, Los Angeles, where homelessness has exploded, when he was attacked by a woman wearing a gorilla mask who threw eggs at the candidate and at his security detail.

A woman wearing a gorilla mask follows conservative talk show host and gubernatorial recall candidate Larry Elder (L) (back to camera) as he walks along streets lined with tents of unhoused people, in the Venice neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, September 8, 2021 ahead of the special recall election. – The recall election, which will be held on September 14, 2021, asks voters to respond two questions: whether Governor Gavin Newsom, a Democratic, should be recalled from the office of governor, and who should succeed Newsom if he is recalled. Forty-six candidates, including nine Democrats and 24 Republicans, are looking to take Newsom’s place as the governmental leader of California. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP) (Photo by ROBYN BECK/AFP via Getty Images)

Elder later said that his security detail was fired at with a pellet gun and hit with other projectiles as well. The attack was captured on video.

Typically, the media would greet a violent racist attack with outrage and days of media coverage and panel discussions. Journalists would also demand that opposing candidates denounce violence committed in their name. However, there was little national media attention paid to the story, and incumbent Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) has been silent about the attack.

Villanueva tweeted: “QUESTION: How is this not a hate crime? ANSWER: Because “woke privilege” means a white woman can wear a gorilla mask and attack a black man without fear of being called a racist. Where is the outrage from our politicians?”

Villanueva has been vocal on the topic of “woke privilege” before, saying that liberal politicians were too caught up in their utopian views of social justice to declare a state of emergency on the homelessness crisis.

Alex Villanueva (Patrick T. Fallon / AFP / Getty)

Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva (L) speaks with Councilmember Joe Buscaino during the Watts Juneteenth Street Fair on June 19, 2021 in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. (Photo by PATRICK T. FALLON/AFP via Getty Images)

He has also prioritized Venice in particular, pushing other local authorities to clear homeless encampments from the Venice beachfront, over the opposition of the local left-wing city council member, Mike Bonin, who is currently facing a recall effort from residents of his district.

Elder is trying to unseat Newsom in the Sep. 14 recall. Voting by mail and in person continues through Tuesday evening.

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot on Sunday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. ET (4 p.m. to 7 p.m. PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 U.S. Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

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