Georgia Democratic State Rep. Erica Thomas made a claim via Twitter that a white man told her to “go back to where” she “came from” at a grocery store. It was later discovered however, that her claim was not exactly honest.
The incident reportedly happened on Friday at an Atlanta-area Publix store, when a man named Eric Sparkes allegedly confronted Thomas for having too many items while in the express checkout lane.
Thomas tweeted: “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 many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!”
Of course, Thomas’ claims made it to the top of Twitter tending, as the left-wing social media platform instantly believes anything a liberal said. Her tweet was plastered all over the media and Thomas took advantage of it by posting an “emotional” video on her Facebook account.
“This white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of b**ch. You need to go back where you came from,'” Thomas alleged. “Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.”
WSB-TV went to the Publix store on Saturday to interview Thomas and Sparkes showed up, leading to another confrontation between Thomas and Sparkes.
Sparkes completely denied telling Thomas to “go back … where you came from.”
“I called you a lazy (expletive),” Sparkes told Thomas. “That’s the worst thing I said.” Sparkes told the TV station that he is Cuban, a life-long Democrat, and that he believes Thomas is making her claims “for political purposes.”
“This woman 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. For her political purposes, make it black, white, brown, whatever. It is untrue,” he continued.
Thomas later decided to admit to her lie, slightly changed her statement, saying: “I don’t want to say he said ‘go back to your country’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references is what I remember.”
The Daily Wire did a review of an account on Facebook that appears to belong to Sparkes. The content they found on the account makes the claims that Thomas made seem even less likely to be true.
In a number of Facebook posts from his account Sparkes made it clear that he, by no means, is a fan of President Trump, which throws a wrench in Thomas’ plan to use what the incident as a tool to divide the people moreso politically. In the posts, Sparkes came to the defense of far-left Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) over Trump’s attacks on them last week.