A 30 second fight at the checkout isn’t harassment. But claiming someone is a racist before national media and making up a false statement is defamation.

Via Washington Examiner:

Georgia state Rep. Erica Thomas said she wants police to charge the man who she claims told her to “go back to where you came from.”

Thomas told WSB-TV about her demand that Eric Sparkes be charged after a press conference in which she said she was “not backtracking” her initial claim.

The Georgia Democrat originally claimed Friday that Sparkes had confronted her in a Publix grocery store checkout line and told her to “go back to where you came from.”

Thomas appeared initially to backtrack the claim on Saturday, saying in an interview: “I don’t know if he said ‘go back,’ or those types of words … I don’t know if he said ‘go back to your country’ or ‘go back to where you came from,’ but he was making those types of references is what I remember.”

“So you don’t remember exactly what he said?” a reporter asked Thomas.

“No, no, definitely not. But I know it was ‘go back’ because I know I told him to ‘go back,'” the lawmaker responded.

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