Eric Sparkes and Rep. Erica
Georgia State Rep. Erica Thomas said a Racist White Man told her to go back
He said he’s Cuban & also a Democrat.
SHE CHANGED HER STORY
— Terrence K. Williams (@w_terrence) July 21, 2019
This is the shocking on-camera, parking lot confrontation between Georgia Rep. Erica Thomas and the white man she claims told her ‘go back to where you came from’ – as he denied the allegation but admitted he branded her a ‘lazy b***h’.
Rep. Thomas of Austell, Georgia, was waiting to be interviewed about the ordeal on Saturday outside the Publix store in Mableton – where the incident occurred the previous day.
Suddenly she spotted the man, Eric Sparkes, who had hurled the abuse at her at the supermarket checkout line, from across the lot. So she decided to confront him.
Sparkes denied making any racially charged comment, announcing “i’m Cuban”. Thomas faced Sparkes in the front of journalists and stated he had “degraded and berated” her.
A pregnant state lawmaker says she feared for her life, when a man verbally assaulted her in the express checkout line. On Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM, the heated confrontation Rep. Erica Thomas and the customer. Why he says he was harassed and why she wants him arrested. pic.twitter.com/DnW3Qnqqem
— Lauren Pozen WSB (@LaurenPozenWSB) July 21, 2019
Thomas informed the information station that the supermarket does have surveillance video, even though it does not have sound, but she was informed that there have been several witnesses that could corroborate her tale.
She also stated that he had ‘degraded and berated’ her.
‘My baby is simply sitting there. ‘Mama, why could he call you that?’ I can not even give an explanation for to her why he has a lot hate in his heart,’ Thomas stated.
Sparkes said he is a Democrat and become being unjustly attacked for political purposes.
‘This lady, Ms. Thomas, is gambling the victim for political purposes due to the fact she is a country legislator,’ Sparkes stated. ‘i’m a Democrat and could vote Democrat for the rest of my existence, so name me anything you need to consider. For her political purposes, make it black, white, brown, whatever. it’s far untrue.’
This story gets stranger and stranger. The man who allegedly told Rep. Erica Thomas to “go back to where you came from” says he’s not racist, that he’s an Hispanic democrat who refused to vote for President Trump and recently he defended #TheSquad on Facebook #UpLateATL #11Alive pic.twitter.com/2ACusTc33m
— Ryan Kruger (@Ryan11Alive) July 21, 2019
The incident got here days after President Donald Trump tweeted that 4 congresswomen of coloration, together with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, must go returned to the ‘broken and crime infested’ nations they got here from.
In her video, Thomas alluded to those attacks and accused the president of inciting hate.
Sparkes denied making any racially-charged remarks and told WSB-television that he is Cuban, now not a racist and no longer a Trump supporter.
WATCH: Rep. Erica Thomas says she was verbally attacked & told “to go back where you came from” by a white man in a Cobb Publix on Friday over items in an express lane. We were set to interview her today when the man involved unexpectedly showed up @cbs46 pic.twitter.com/AjDj8YUq3G
— Jasmina Alston (@JasminaAlstonTV) July 20, 2019
In an assertion, Publix has stated the employer is ‘cooperating with neighborhood regulation enforcement as they inspect the matter.’
all through the television interview, she stated Sparkes ‘needs to be held accountable, due to the fact human beings can’t simply go out in public regions and berate pregnant girls,’ whether it is ‘because i’m pregnant, whether or not it is due to the fact i’m black.’
She additionally stated that her husband wasn’t with her because he is on energetic responsibility, serving foreign places.
She instructed The Related Press she notified police and could are looking for keep video.
Rep. Erica Thomas Reaction on Sparkes Comments
She said that she didn’t tell the man that she is a state representative, but instead said, ‘Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.’
Thomas said that Publix employees eventually told the man to leave the store and that she was scared to leave the store in case he came at her with a gun in the parking lot.
The video went viral and the hashtag #IStandwithErica trended on Twitter.
Eric Sparkes Facebook
Fast Facts You Need to Know
- Rep. Erica Thomas said Eric Sparkes had racially abused her in a supermarket express checkout line because she had too many items
- Thomas, who is nine months pregnant, said he called her a ‘b***h’ and told her to ‘go back where you came from’
- The next day, she was being interviewed in the supermarket parking lot when she spotted Sparkes and confronted him on camera
- In the angry showdown, Sparkes admitted to calling Thomas a ‘lazy b***h’ but denied making any racially-charged comments
- Thomas said that there was surveillance video of the incident
Do you think GA Rep. Erica Thomas would have “changed” her story if the man would have claimed he was a REPUBLICAN?
— ? Wayne Dupree ? (@WayneDupreeShow) July 21, 2019