California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder said Thursday that the egg attack made against him by a white woman in a gorilla mask on Wednesday would have been called a hate crime if he was a Democrat instead of a Republican.
“It was a very angry, ugly scene. If I were a Democrat, obviously, this would be called systemic racism. They’d be calling it a hate crime,” said Elder during the Fox News segment with guest host Jesse Watters. A woman wearing a gorilla mask threw an egg at Elder’s head and missed while walking through a neighborhood in Los Angeles Wednesday. (RELATED: ANALYSIS: Will Larry Elder Be California’s Governor? Not If Hollywood Can Help It)
Conservative commentator Candace Owens also argued Wednesday that the incident would be considered a hate crime if Elder was a Democrat during an appearance on Fox News.
“If this was on the other side — if a white woman wearing a monkey mask threw an egg at a black democratic candidate — this would be wall-to-wall coverage,” said Owens guest host Brian Kilmeade. “This might actually constitute as a hate crime in Los Angeles.”
Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva backed Elder on Twitter, asking “Where is the outrage from our politicians?”
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.
— Alex Villanueva (@LACoSheriff) September 9, 2021