Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas dominated the news cycle for a short time after she posted an emotional video on Facebook complaining that while grocery shopping, a “white man” told her to “go back to where you came from.”
But as more and more information comes out, the incident appears to be nothing like what she claimed — just as President Donald Trump was being branded a racist by the media after telling the four radical freshman Democrats known as the “squad” to “go back” to where they came from and fix the problems there before lecturing others on how to run the country.
The first accusation to go out the window centered on who the man was.
The Democrat lawmaker declared that “people are really getting out of control with this white privilege,” but the man involved in the incident, Eric Sparkes, would come forward and say he was a registered Democrat of Cuban ancestry.
Sparkes also denied that he told Thomas to “go back where you came from.”
Upset over her having too many items, he admitted to the local ABC affiliate that he called Thomas a “lazy b*tch,” but insisted that she fabricated the story for “political purposes.”
But an employee at the Publix supermarket is now saying the reverse was true — that Thomas was screaming at Sparkes to “go back to where you come from.”
More from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
A Publix employee told a Cobb County officer that she witnessed part of the conversation and heard Thomas “continuously tell Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from!’” but did not hear Sparkes utter those words to Thomas.
But it gets worse for the Democratic lawmaker. Much worse.
A video of the incident has now been released and while there is no audio, it clearly shows that Thomas appears to be the aggressor in the exchange with Sparkes.
The Journal-Constitution released the surveillance footage and it did little to support Thomas’ account of events.
Matt Whitlock, senior advisor at the National Republican Senatorial Committee, shared the video online.
“Here it is — Erica Thomas is in pink in the Planned Parenthood t-shirt,” he tweeted. “She follows Sparkes after he comes up to point out that she’s in the express line and she follows him and appears to be the one yelling at him. Hard to see how her initial account could possibly be right.”
Here it is — Erica Thomas is in pink in the Planned Parenthood t-shirt. She follows Sparkes after he comes up to point out that she’s in the express line and she follows him and appears to be the one yelling at him.
Hard to see how her initial account could possibly be right. pic.twitter.com/RAYRVVlEXZ
— Matt Whitlock (@mattdizwhitlock) July 24, 2019
The newspaper also reported that a police officer who reviewed the video wrote that Sparkes “did not appear to be irate” or to have approached with “clenched fists,” as Thomas claimed.
The cop also noted that Thomas’ 9-year-old daughter was seen “smiling shortly after.”
The incident has prompted social media users to ponder, if America is such a racist nation, as Democrats insists, why do they have to keep fabricating incidents to prove it.
Incidents like the staged attack on disgraced actor Jussie Smollet, as police in Chicago insist — the hate crime hoax dominated the news cycle across the country for weeks as the liberal media desperately wanted it to be true.
A scene that appears to be playing out again in Georgia.
Here’s a quick sampling of responses to the latest developments from Twitter:
“Life comes at you fast.”
Whelp, that case just got ‘Smollett-ed’
— Mister B (@missterb000) July 25, 2019
She looks like a miss bossy pants to me.
— gutcheck5484 (@gutcheck5484) July 24, 2019
Lmao in a Planned Parenthood shirt while 9 months pregnant. Class act, Erica
— Kristin (@KiKi1185) July 24, 2019
She was literally crying about white privelege & hate….and the Cuban guy is the only non-black person in the entire store!
— Mad Max ☠The Road Warrior ☠ (@WimpyBoy_89) July 25, 2019
Erica Thomas should resign immediately. She cannot be trusted ever again. Her word means nothing.
— Let There Be Justice ?????? (@SeeHumanity007) July 25, 2019
Wait! You mean he did not have on a MAGA hat and was not carrying a rope?
— Terry Owen (@troaring) July 25, 2019
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