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Black lawmaker claims guy told her ‘go back where you came from’ in store line. He says it’s big hoax and he’s a life-long Dem.

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Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas dominated much of the news cycle Saturday after the African-American lawmaker said she was confronted by a white man who told her to “go back to where you came from.”

But, as is often the case these days when it comes to racial incidents, all is not as it appears to be.

Eager to keep the “Trump is a racist” narrative going, the media jumped on the claim from Thomas, which she said occurred at a Publix grocery store in a very emotional video posted on Facebook.


I’m about to be very Transparent because this racism and hate is getting out of control! I feared for my life!

Posted by Erica Thomas on Friday, July 19, 2019


Declaring that “people are really getting out of control with this white privilege,” the Democrat said through flowing tears: “This white man comes up to me and says ‘you lazy son of a bitch. You need to go back where you came from.’”

As Thomas explained in the video, she was in an express lane for shoppers with 10 items or less, admitting she had 15 items — she justified her action by saying she’s 9 months pregnant — when the man said this.

The video, which draws on similar remarks made by President Trump, took off and as a local television station, WSB-TV, was about to interview Thomas in front of the same Publix grocery, the man who allegedly told her to “go back” showed up.

And that’s when things began to quickly unravel.

Turns out, that man, Eric Sparkes, is registered Democrat of Cuban ancestry and he denied that he told Thomas to “go back where you came from.”

Upset over her having too many items, he did admit to the ABC affiliate that he called Thomas a ” lazy b*tch,” but insisted she fabricated the story for “political purposes.”

“This woman, Ms. Thomas, is playing the victim for political purposes because she is a state legislator,” Sparkes said.

“I’m a Democrat and will vote Democrat for the rest of my life, so call me whatever you want to believe,” he continued. “For her political purposes, make it black, white, brown, whatever. It is untrue.”

In a clip shared on Twitter by WSB-TV reporter Christain Jennings, Sparkes is heard telling Thomas to “back off before I call the police,” as she gets a little too close to his personal space.

Suddenly, Thomas was walking back her claim somewhat, admitting that Sparkes may not have said go back where you came from — well after the initial claim went viral.

Matt Wolking, deputy director of communications for Trump’s 2020 campaign, was quick to jump on this change of heart by sharing the video online:

With so many claims of racial attacks turning out to be hoaxes, social media users were highly skeptical of the state representative’s claim.

Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:

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