Dem Lawmaker Was Just Harassed By Trump Supporter During Grocery Store Run: ‘Go Back Where You Came From’
It’s officially the new narrative for Trump supporters: “Go back to where you came from.”
This phrase has been in the news lately for different reasons. First, Donald Trump used it to tell four Congresswomen to go back to their country despite all of them being U.S. citizens. Then, Trump’s supporters started the chant during a rally earlier this week. Now, State Rep. Erica Thomas (D) received the harsh comments while making a run to the grocery store.
Thomas, minority vice chairwoman in the Georgia state House, tweeted Friday that she was “verbally assaulted” at the supermarket by a white man who told her she was “a lazy SOB” because she had more than the maximum items to enter an express lane.
Thomas recounted the exchange in a Facebook Live video that has since been reposted to Twitter.
“I’m at the grocery store, and I’m in the aisle that says ’10 items or less.’ Yes, I have 15 items, but I’m nine months pregnant, and I can’t stand up for long,” Thomas says in the video through tears. “And this white man comes up to me and says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch.'”
“He says, ‘You lazy son of a bitch. You need to go back where you came from,'” Thomas continues, adding that she tried to explain that she was pregnant and not lazy. “It hurt me so bad. … I couldn’t get anything out. I could just tell him, ‘Please leave me alone.'”
Today I was verbally assaulted in the grocery store by a white man who told me I was a lazy SOB and to go back to where I came from bc I had to many items in the express lane. My husband wasn’t there to defend me because he is on Active Duty serving the country I came from USA!
— Erica Thomas (@itsericathomas) July 20, 2019
We have a serious problem in this Country when @itsericathomas is subjected to racism in a Cobb County @Publix in front of her daughter. #gapol. #IStandwithErica thank you @RenittaShannon for alerting me and the @NAACPGA. #NoPlaceforHate. pic.twitter.com/hN5HDS4aG9
— Gerald A. Griggs (@AttorneyGriggs) July 20, 2019
This needs to stop. NOW!