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Georgia Lawmaker Erica Thomas: White Man Told Me ‘Go Back Where You Came From’

MABLETON, Ga. (AP) — A pregnant African American lawmaker in Georgia mentioned she was verbally attacked in a grocery store Friday by a middle-aged white man who used profanity, referred to as her vulgar names and informed her to “go back where you came from” as her 9-year-old daughter regarded on.

Rep. Erica Thomas, a Democrat from Austell, mentioned the person was irate that she was in an categorical line with too many objects. Thomas mentioned she was in a line for purchasers with 10 objects or much less as a result of she can not stand for lengthy intervals of time.

“And this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch,’” Thomas mentioned, sobbing as she described the confrontation in a Fb video . “He says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch; you need to go back where you came from.’”

Thomas mentioned she was surprised by his anger. “I said, ‘Sir, you don’t even know me. I’m not lazy. I’m nine months pregnant.’”

Thomas mentioned she by no means recognized herself to the person as a public official. She mentioned she was so stunned by his actions that she didn’t assume to attempt to document them.

The incident got here days after President Donald Trump tweeted that 4 congresswomen of coloration, together with U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, ought to return to the “broken and crime infested” nations they got here from.

In Thomas’ video, she alludes to Trump’s assaults on Omar. Thomas by no means mentions Trump’s title however says, “There’s so much hate in this world and it’s being incited by our president every single day.”

Thomas informed The Related Press that it appeared the person had already paid for his groceries when he approached her.

“He ran up on me and just verbally assaulted me,” she mentioned within the AP interview. At one level, Thomas mentioned, the person informed her “You people are ignorant.”

Thomas mentioned a retailer worker sooner or later approached the person and informed him to depart. She mentioned she believes retailer staff had been gradual to answer the assault.

She mentioned the incident occurred at a Publix retailer in Mableton. A telephone and electronic mail message requesting remark from Publix in Georgia didn’t obtain a direct response Friday night.

Thomas informed the AP she notified police and that she would search retailer video of the incident.

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