Last week, Democrat State Rep. Erica Thomas (GA) posted an emotional video on Facebook where she claimed to be verbally assaulted by a “white man” in a racist tirade at Publix. In the video, the GA State Rep. admits she had 15 items in her grocery cart and was getting ready to check out in the “10 items or less” aisle when she was confronted by a “white man” who told her to “go back to where you came from.” Thomas’s story appeared to be an attempt to tie the “white man” to President Trump and a line he used earlier this week when he responded to criticism of him from “the Squad” of freshmen Democrat lawmakers.
Erica Thomas begins her video by crying on camera, as she tells her Facebook followers that she’s very upset because “People are getting really out of control with this—with this ‘white privilege stuff.” Thomas explains that because she’s nine months pregnant that she can’t stand up for very long. Rep. Thomas claims a “white man” came up to her and said, “You lazy son-of-a-bitch, you need to go back to where you came from.” She continues to cry, telling everyone that her child was standing next to her watching. She also claims that her daughter was buying five of the fifteen items in her cart.
Unfortunately, for Rep. Thomas, the person she accused of telling her to “go back to where you came from,” confronted her during an interview she was doing at Publix, where she claimed the racist attack took place. The accused Publix customer Eric Sparkes admits to calling Thomas a “bitch,” but denied telling her to “go back where you came from.” Sparkes also confessed he’s a Democrat and his social media posts reveal he despises President Trump, even going as far as to call Trump out for his comments about the radical freshman four going back to where they came from.
Shortly after the interview surfaced, Rep. Thomas backed off her original claim.
Two days ago, Rep. Thomas held a press conference where she ignored her previous dismissal of the claim against Sparkes, claiming again that Sparkes told her to “go back to where you came from.”
Erica Thomas wanted to make sure that people didn't think she was "backtracking on her statement"
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) July 22, 2019
Today, a Publix employee who witnessed the heated event that took place at Publix stepped forward with a bombshell admission that destroys Rep. Thomas’ claim.
From AJC: A witness to a heated grocery store encounter between state Rep. Erica Thomas and a man she accused of uttering racist comments told authorities she didn’t hear him make those remarks, according to a Cobb County police report.
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.
Thomas’ attorney, Gerald Griggs, said the officer’s report shows the case needs additional investigation because the employee, and another witness who also said he didn’t hear Sparkes use the phrase, “didn’t hear the initial argument.”Cobb authorities, meanwhile, said Tuesday they don’t intend to file criminal charges in the case after what the police department said was a “thorough” investigation into the confrontation.