Black Politician Says She was Told 'Go Back Where You Came From'

Black Lawmaker Accosted

Black Lawmaker Accosted

Rep. Erica Thomas of Austell tearfully described the confrontation in a Facebook video Friday, July 19, 2019.

An African-American Georgia state lawmaker says she "feared for her life" after a white man "verbally assaulted" her and told her to "go back to where you came from" because she had too many items in the express checkout line at a grocery store.

'Me telling you to "Go back where you came from".

Eric Sparkes showed up during a television interview with Republican state representative from Georgia, Erica Thomas, on Saturday, outside the Atlanta-area Publix store where the incident allegedly occurred, the station reported.

Sparkes, who said he is also a Democrat, told WSB-TV that he didn't tell Thomas "go back where you came from", but did admit to cursing at her and calling her lazy because he thought she had too many items in express checkout. She said she notified police and will seek store video.

Watch above, via WSB-TV.

'What did you say to me then, ' she said. I could just tell him, 'Please, leave me alone, please.' And my child And my child is just sitting right there, 'Mama, mama, why would he call you that?

Trump said this week that he tried to stop the chant but video of the rally shows he stepped back from the lectern and allowed the crowd to continue the refrain almost a dozen times.

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Mr Trump was accused of racist behaviour for what he said - something which he denied, saying: "Those tweets were NOT racist". All four are known as sharp critics of Trump's policies as well as the Democratic leadership in the U.S.

Below is the full video Thomas posted to Facebook on Friday. You don't even know me and you call me a sonofab***h and I'm ignorant and a piece of shit?

'Yeah, that makes you look better to say that, ' Thomas scoffed.

In a tweet, Thomas explained her husband was an active duty military service member and exclaimed, "I came from US!"

The man's verbal assault comes just days after President Donald Trump's attacks on four congresswomen of color catalyzed a chant at his rally where his supporters cried "send her back!" about Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), a US citizen.

Thomas' video went viral on Twitter, along with the hashtag #IStandWithErica.

The incident came days after President Donald Trump tweeted that four congresswomen of color, including U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, should go back to the "broken and crime infested" countries they came from.

In a statement, Publix has said the company is "cooperating with local law enforcement as they look into the matter". "My husband wasn't there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from United States of America!"

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