GOP lawmaker resigns after making racist comments on ‘Who Is America?’


A state representative from Georgia has announced his resignation, according to a spokesman for the state's House Speaker, after pulling his trousers down, exposing himself, and yelling racial slurs on the latest episode of the television series, which aired this week.

The office of House Speaker David Ralston (R) told The Atlanta Journal Constitution state Rep. Jason Spencer (R) had agreed to resign.

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In Sunday's episode (July 22), Baron Cohen disguised himself as his character Erran Morad - an Israeli anti-terrorism expert - and brought Spencer on the show for an "anti-terrorism training class".

"I apologize to my family, friends, and the people of my district for this ridiculously ugly episode", Spencer said.

In May, Spencer was defeated in the Georgia primary by a 24-year-old politican newcomer, so he was due to step down from office in January anyway. As early as yesterday, Spencer refused to resign from the remainder of his term on the Georgia house despite outrage over the horrifying clip. "Therefore, I will finish the remaining five months at my post and vacate my seat".

Georgia's Governor Nathan Deal also called on Mr Spencer to quit.

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Who Is America? airs Sundays at 10 p.m. ET on Showtime.

Ralston called Spencer's actions and language "reprehensible" in a statement provided to CNN, and called for him to resign, saying: "Georgia is better than this". He said he was told that the tactics would deter "what I believed was an inevitable attack".

At one point in the show, Spencer yelled the N-word multiple times, with little prompting from the host.

Spencer also says he was so distracted by his fears that racist slurs spilled from his mouth at Cohen's behest.

Later, after the credits, footage showed Spencer using a racial epithet to refer to inhabitants of the Middle East.

Mr Spencer is not the only high-profile U.S. politician to have fallen foul of Baron Cohen's humour.