Rep. Erica Thomas’ (D-Ga.) already debunked claim of racism – allegedly incited by President Trump – continues to backfire, as surveillance video from her Publix grocery store exchange clearly shows the man who she originally said told her to go back where she came did not have clinched fists – contrary to her account.
Thomas’ claim of racial hate went viral after she complained to police that “a white man,” Eric Sparkes – who she implied was a Republican white supremacist Trump supporter – angrily yelled at her and her daughter with a threatening racist verbal attack that made her fear for her life.
"[He ran up to me] with clenched hands in such a manner that he made me fearful for the safety of myself and my daughter,” the African American Georgia lawmaker told police in the report, according to Buzzfeed. “This white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of [expletive]. You need to go back where you came from.'"
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Besides changing her claim after Sparkes came forward and called her out publicly assuring that he made no racial slur – an allegation from which she later backtracked and conceded – store surveillance video recordings show Thomas also lied about the man being physically threatening.
“However, the deputy indicated in his report that Sparkes, a Cuban Democrat, ‘did not appear to be irate, nor did I see him with clenched hands’ in security camera footage he viewed,” Fox News reported.
Adding insult upon injury, the anti-Trump politician added that the “white” – actually Latino – man took aim at her young daughter, which Publix’s video also refutes.
“In a public confrontation in front of news cameras and reporters, Thomas also accused Sparkes of ‘berating’ her 9-year-old daughter, who was with her at the time,” TheBlaze pointed out. “The video doesn't support either of those claims.”
Shortly after Thomas make her accusations public on Facebook, Sparkes came forward and denied using any racial slur, but admitted calling her an expletive for having more than 10 items in the express lane, and insisted she staged this stunt for political gain.
Thomas ended up recanting her original accusation, saying she couldn’t remember verbatim what Sparkes said.
“I don’t want to say he said, ‘Go back to your country,’ or ‘Go back to where you came from,’” Thomas told WSB TV, adding that she was sure he told her to go back. “But he was making those types of references is what I remember.”
Worst of all for Thomas, it turns out she was actually the one who told Sparkes to “go back home,” as Publix employee reportedly said it was Thomas who barked the racist demand.
“[I witnessed Thomas] continuously tell Eric Sparkes to ‘Go back where you came from,’ [but not from Sparkes],” the Publix employee explained to a Cobb County deputy, according to AJC. “Mr. Sparkes began to leave, but Ms. Thomas kept ‘running her mouth’ as she approached him."
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The unfolding story is a far cry from what Thomas posted on her Facebook video after the incident.
“I hope this video opens up people’s eyes,” Thomas said in her viral video, according to Buzzfeed. “There’s so much hate in this world, and it’s being incited by our president – every single day – and people are really doing more and more and more. This happened to me, it could happen to anybody. I’m from America. It really hurt me so bad.”
She also fabricated and dramatized her encounter on Twitter, telling her followers the altercation happened while her husband was off serving in the U.S. military.
“Today, I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to[o] many items in the express lane,” she tweeted. “My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from – USA! I was scared to leave there because I thought he was going to follow me to my car, take out a gun – you just never know.”
The left-leaning Democrat was taking aim at Trump for telling the Squad – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) – to go back to their country of ancestral origins and fix their problems before complaining about America. Democrats and the mainstream media have embraced this comment to heighten their claims of racism against the president.
Things couldn’t have turned out worse from Thomas’ political stunt, as not only is Sparkes not white – he’s Cuban American – but he is actually an anti-Trump Democrat.
“Sparkes told the media that he was a Democrat, and that his social media posts would prove that he dislikes President Donald Trump, in order to counter the claim from Thomas that he was repeating the president's insult,” TheBlaze’s Carlos Garcia noted.
But things could actually get worse for Thomas, as earlier this week, it was announced that she could lose her job over the matter.
“Some Georgia Republicans are calling for a Democratic state lawmaker to step down if her accusations of experiencing racism in a grocery store prove false,” Georgia’s WSB TV announced.
As every one of Thomas’ claims continue to be disproven, her hoax could end up in her losing her seat in the near future.