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A white man confronted a black Georgia state legislator in front of reporters Saturday and denied her allegation that he said to her, “go back where you came from”, during an argument in a supermarket checkout lane a day earlier.
Eric Sparkes said that he is the cursed state Rep. Erica Thomas for too many items in an express checkout lane, but make the racially-tinged comment to show up in the middle of a TV denied the news-interview with Thomas outside of the Atlanta-area Publix store where the confrontation occurred.
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“Did I say that? It is on video?” Asked Sparkes, Thomas, of called in front of the reporters, before admitting she is lazy.
“This is what you said to me?” Thomas Asked. “OK, because that makes you look better, because everyone is after you now.”
FILE – In this 7. May 2019-file photo Rep. Erica Thomas, D-Austell, speaks during a press conference in Atlanta. (Bob Andres/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
Sparkes later, WSB-TV said he is a Democrat of Cuban descent, and Thomas are the accusations politically motivated. Thomas said she’ll notify the police, and will strive to store video of the incident.
In a statement, Publix supermarket said it is working with local law enforcement “authorities, as they look into the matter.”
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In a tearful video Thomas rich posted on Facebook, she said she was with her little daughter in the market Friday and had more than 10 items in the supermarket express lane.
“I have decided to go to live, because I’m very upset, because the people she always said is really out of control with this, with this white privilege stuff”,. “I’m at the grocery store, and I’m in … of course, that says:” 10 items or Less.’ Yes, I have 15 points, but I’m nine months pregnant, and I can’t get up for a long time. And this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a b—h… you need to go back where you came from.'”
The incident occurred tweeted days after President Trump that of the minority was women in Congress should “go back and help the totally broken and crime-infested places,” she came in, and then “come back and show us how it is done.”
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These notes were later adapted by you to send his supporters at a rally earlier this week, where they chanted “back” to his mention of Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.
In your video, Thomas Trump accused of hatred. During the television interview on Saturday she said Sparkes “do not need to be held accountable, because people just go out and insult, because pregnant women.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.