It’s another day, another hate hoax, this one perpetrated by the African-American Democratic Georgia State Representative Erica Thomas.
Just days after President Donald Trump came under fire for suggesting that Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her so-called squad “go back,” Thomas claimed to coincidentally hear the same insult when using a self checkout line at a grocery store. According to Thomas, a “white man” frustrated by the fact that she had more than the maximum number of items allowed at her line began berating her, in which the Trumpian insult was supposedly uttered.
The media immediately began reporting on the alleged racially charged incident, with the victim as “Rep. Thomas,” and the perpetrator as “white male.” That was apparently all the description of the parties needed to make a judgement on the matter.
Thomas later told the story in a tearful video on social media where she complained about how “this white privilege stuff is getting out of control,” but what quickly got out of control was her lie. The “white man” in question turned out to be a Cuban Democrat who supports AOC, and Thomas backtracked on the claim that he told her to “go back” to anywhere (though she did admit that she told him to go back at one point). According to Thomas, she assumed that the Cuban “white man” must’ve told her to “go back,” because she herself told him to “go back.” What logic!
I suppose the headline for a story reflecting what actually happened here wouldn’t have garnered so much media attention: “Georgia State Rep. Gets In Fifteen-Second Verbal Altercation at Grocery Store, Buys Groceries, Leaves.”
Where could she have gotten the idea to fake a hate hoax from? A tweet from over four years ago that I still can’t believe is real shines some light on that: