Jazmina Saavedra, a Republican congressional candidate running for California’s 44th district, streamed herself on Facebook Live harassing a transgender woman in a public restroom.
Saavedra filmed the incident at a Los Angeles area Denny’s using a selfie stick.
“I’m trying to use the ladies room and there is a man here saying he is a lady,” Saavedra says.
Saavedra starts filming the outside of the stall where the transgender woman is still inside.
She tells Saavedra she’s “invading my privacy” and Saavedra replies, “You’re invading my privacy because I’m a woman and I deserve to use the woman, the ladies’ room.”
“How am I invading your privacy? I’m in the toilet,” the woman replies.
Saavedra waits for the woman to exit the restroom who addresses Saavedra as she leaves the restaurant.
“Excuse me, I was using the toilet, how was I invading your privacy? Why are you singling me out, lady? And I’ve seen you yesterday following me,” the woman tells Saavedra.
“Next time use the men’s room. Or nobody’s room. A transgender room,” Saavedra says as she watches the woman leave the restaurant.
She finally sits back at her table and laughs.
“I was with my pepper spray ready and I called the manager so he helped me,” Saavedra told the camera.
Saavedra’s opponent, Democratic candidate Rep. Nanette Diaz Barragan, released a statement to the Daily Beast condemning Saavedra’s behavior.
“I was appalled by the treatment that this woman received for simply trying to use the restroom. Everyone has the right to their own identity, and the right not to be discriminated against for who they are,” Barragan says.