Larry Elder on ‘gorilla’ attack: If I were liberal, the left would be screaming about ‘systemic racism’

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder speaks to supporters during an Asian Rally for Yes Recall at the Asian Garden Mall in Little Saigon, Westminster, California, on September 4, 2021 - The recall election, which will be held on September 14, 2021, asks voters to respond two questions: whether 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 RINGO CHIU / AFP) (Photo by RINGO CHIU/AFP via Getty Images)

Republican gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder speaks to supporters during a rally. (Photo by RINGO CHIU / AFP)

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UPDATED 8:37 AM PT – Friday, September 10, 2021

California gubernatorial candidate Larry Elder responds to a hateful attack against him by a woman wearing a gorilla mask while on a campaign stop. In an interview on Thursday, Elder said if he were a liberal and attacked by a white woman, the left would be screaming about systemic racism.

In a separate tweet, he stressed “the intolerant left will not stop us” from recalling embattled Gov. Gavin Newsom (D-Calif.). Elder pointed out the incident was much worse than it seems because his staffers were also allegedly attacked.

Additionally, Elder said the attackers falsely accused him of not caring about Black people. However, the candidate pointed out a major goal of his campaign is to tackle homelessness, which disproportionately affects Black Californians.

This comes as the sheriff of Los Angeles called out the woman who attacked Elder. In a tweet on Thursday, Alex Villanueva asked why the incident wasn’t considered a hate crime. He then continued on to answer his own question saying “because woke privilege means a white woman can wear a gorilla mask and attack a Black man without fear of being called a racist.”

Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Police Department reported that while no charges have been filed, the investigation is ongoing.

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