State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Ga.) will not resign after being tricked into yelling racial slurs during a fake anti-terrorism training by Sacha Baron Cohen. (Image source: YouTube video screenshot)
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State Rep. Jason Spencer (R-Ga.) plans to finish out his fourth term in office despite calls from state politicians for him to resign after he was recorded screaming racial slurs while being pranked for actor Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, according to The Daily Beast.
Spencer who has reportedly faced death threats for a burqa ban he introduced in the state legislature, was tricked by Cohen into participating in a fake anti-terrorism training, which included screaming the N-word at potential attackers, and attempting to touch them with his naked behind.
"As uncomfortable as I was to participate, I agreed to, understanding that these 'techniques' were meant to help me and others fend off what I believed was an inevitable attack," Spencer wrote in a statement. "My fears were so heightened at the that time, I was not thinking clearly nor could I appreciate what I was agreeing to when I participated in his 'class.'"
In an approximately five-minute video clip from the show, Spencer is being taught anti-terror techniques by Cohen, who is portraying himself as instructor Erran Morad.
Cohen convinces Spencer that yelling the "forbidden" N-word would be an effective method of warding off terror attacks, after which Spencer repeatedly shouts the word while running as practice.
Spencer, at Cohen's suggestion, also engaged in a racist (and bad) impersonation of a Chinese man in order to use a selfie stick to take a picture of someone's genitals to identify whether they were carrying a weapon.
Cohen also had Spencer chase him around the room with his pants down, because he had tricked Spencer into believing that Muslims fear they will become gay if they touched his bare behind.
Despite the intense embarrassment of the situation, Spencer is determined to finish out his final months in office and not resign.
"Finally, there are calls for me to resign," Spencer wrote in texts to The Washington Post. "I recently lost my primary election, so I will not be eligible to hold office next term. Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat."
Georgia House Speaker David Ralston and Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle called for Spencer to resign, while Gov. Nathan Deal said he was "saddened and disgusted" by Spencer's behavior.
(H/T The Hill)
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