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Georgia House Speaker David Ralston demanded that state Rep. Jason Spencer resign after he yelled racial slurs and exposed himself in an episode of Sacha Baron Cohen’s Showtime series that aired late Sunday.
Spencer dropped his pants and repeatedly used the n-word in the episode of “Who Is America?” Spencer had earlier threatened legal action to prevent the network from airing footage of him.
Statement - Episode - Ralston - Spencer - Actions
In a statement shortly after the episode aired, Ralston said Spencer’s actions and language in the video are “reprehensible.”
“Representative Spencer has disgraced himself and should resign immediately,” said Ralston. “Georgia is better than this.”
Republican - Leaders - Spencer - Secretary - State
Other Republican leaders also swiftly condemned Spencer. Secretary of State Brian Kemp removed the lawmaker from his list of endorsements ahead of Tuesday’s GOP runoff for governor and urged him to apologize. And Gov. Nathan Deal called his language “appalling and offensive.”
“There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever,” said Deal, “and I am saddened and disgusted by it.”
Spencer - Republican - Primary - May - State
Although Spencer was defeated in the Republican primary in May, he remains a state legislator until the new class of lawmakers takes office after the November election.
Cohen, who played an Israeli military expert, persuaded Spencer to take part in what he was told was a counterterrorism video. Cohen gets him to yell racial epithets and shimmy his exposed rear-end toward purported attackers screaming “USA” and “America” by saying it will ward off terrorists.
Show - Closing - Minutes - Spencer - Screen
In the show’s closing minutes, Spencer returns to the screen with a “message to the terrorists.”
He then repeats a racial slur, this time threatening to cut off an attacker’s genitals. Then it shows him stabbing a knife into the groin area of a dummy clad in a black hijab, and shoving another item in the dummy’s mouth. The segment ends with him reminding the audience he’s an elected official -...
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