A Georgia state lawmaker on Tuesday introduced that he’ll resign simply days after he appeared on an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s controversial new present, “Who’s America?” through which he took off his pants and shouted racial slurs.
Rep. Jason Spencer plans to step down from his publish on July 31, the Georgia Home speaker’s workplace mentioned.
Spencer confronted backlash after he repeatedly yelled the N-Phrase and mimicked a Chinese language vacationer whereas taking a photograph up the skirt of an actor pretending to be a Muslim lady throughout Sunday’s episode.
Cohen, who posed as an Israeli army skilled, additionally had Spencer expose his bottom in an train to thrust back a possible terrorist, whereas shouting, “USA mother—-r.”
Spencer is considered one of a number of public figures — together with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin — who claimed to have been duped into collaborating within the Showtime program.
Spencer beforehand mentioned he was tricked into doing the present due to his “fears that I’d be attacked by somebody” and that “they exploited my frame of mind for revenue and notoriety.”
“This media firm’s misleading and fraudulent conduct is strictly why President Donald Trump was elected,” Spencer mentioned in an announcement to the Atlanta Journal-Structure, whereas threatening to take authorized motion if the “fraudulently obtained footage of me is utilized by these Hollywood liberals to line their very own pockets.”
A number of Republican colleagues known as for Spencer’s resignation following his “appalling and offensive” conduct on the present.
“There isn’t a excuse for any such conduct, ever, and I’m saddened and disgusted by it,” Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, a Republican, mentioned in a tweet.
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, who’s operating for governor, eliminated Spencer from his marketing campaign’s listing of endorsements, he introduced on social media.
“Rep. Spencer’s phrases and conduct are hurtful, insensitive, and fully unacceptable. On the very least, he ought to challenge a public apology for this shameful incident,” Kemp mentioned in an announcement.