Jason Spencer, a Georgia House Representative looked like an abject fool while spending time with Sacha Baron Cohen. On the second episode of “This is America”, Cohen was dressed as Erran Morad, an Israeli anti-terrorism expert telling Spencer to act like a Chinese tourist, complete with a fake accent, in order to take upskirt photos with a selfie stick under an unsuspecting terrorist’s burka.
Cohen then tells Spencer to “yell the n-word,” watching the lawmaker scream the expletive over a dozen times before admonishing him.
“Are you crazy?” Cohen says. “The ‘n-word’ is ‘noony,’ not this word. This word is disgusting.”
Meanwhile, Spencer’s actions trended from disappointing to deplorable. Later, Cohen got him to yell a racial epithet and drop his pants on camera by telling him that those tactics would scare terrorists away.
At the end of the episode, Spencer used another slur in referring to people from the Middle East. This morning, he came under intense criticism from leading Republicans in Georgia. David Ralston, Speaker of the Georgia House of Representatives sternly asked for Spencer to submit his resignation for behavior he called “reprehensible.” He issued an apology but refused to resign.
The actions and language used by Jason Spencer are appalling and offensive. There is no excuse for this type of behavior, ever, and I am saddened and disgusted by it.— Former Gov. Nathan Deal (@GovernorDeal) July 23, 2018
The 43-year-old physician assistant, was elected to the Georgia House in 2010 from Woodbine, near the southeastern tip of Georgia. This is his fourth term. In May, he lost his primary election to a political newcomer, Steven Sainz.
Spencer is no stranger to controversy. He also sparred with the Catholic Church this year, calling it a “pro-child predator special interest group” and the “child sexual predator lobby.” This took place during a spirited debate over Georgia’s Hidden Predator Act, which Spencer wanted to strengthen by giving victims of child sexual abuse more muscle to sue perpetrators and institutions that harbor them.
Last summer, Spencer got into a Facebook argument with former Georgia lawmaker and current attorney LaDawn Jones, an African-American that supported the removal of Confederate statues. Spencer told Jones: “Looks like you are afflicted with the same poison you claim to fight against. I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive. People in South Georgia are people of action, not drama.” In addition, he said, “will go missing in the Okefenokee,” referring to the swamp that borders Georgia and Florida.