State representative Erica Thomas has been exposed for pushing a hate crime hoax.
The Georgia state lawmaker broadcasted on Facebook live about an altercation that occurred at a Publix grocery store over Thomas’ improper use of the express lane. Thomas claimed in the video that a white man approached her in the store and told her to “go back to where she came from.”
The video went viral and many said that Thomas was a victim of racial discrimination. However, Eric Sparkes, the man involved in the incident, has refuted Thomas’ claims.
A manager at the Cobb County Publix store has since said that it was actually Thomas who told Sparkes, who is actually Cuban-American, to “go back to where he came from.”
Many have pointed out the similarities with the Jussie Smolett hate crime hoax. Ironically, Thomas claimed to be Smollett’s “#biggestfan” in a tweet from 2015.
Despite the evidence against her, Thomas has not yet retracted her claims or apologized. In a recent tweet, Thomas claimed that she has “witnesses that will testify.” However, no alleged witnesses have come forward to support Thomas’ story.