Georgia state representative Jason Spencer showed his ass, literally, when he made an appearance on Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Who is America” last week. His performance on the show led to his resignation, which he announced on July 25.
Spencer became the latest public figure to the subject of a prank on Cohen’s show. Cohen has pulled similar pranks against other public figures, including Sarah Palin, Ted Koppel, and Dick Cheney.
Cohen pretended to be an Israeli military expert named Erran Morad. He invited Spencer onto his show, where he was told that “Morad” would teach him self-defense tactics in a counterterrorism video. What ensued was a series of moments that, the closest word to describe them is “embarrassing,” but even that word doesn’t quite describe what happened.
Cohen had Spencer do ridiculous things like trying to convince a woman dressed in a burka and hijab that he was a Chinese person, something he said was part of Spencer’s counterterrorism training. Spencer played along with it without question or hesitation. He reeled off several words like “chopsticks,” “red dragon,” and “Konichiwa,” a word that means “hello” in Japanese.
The most shocking part of the segment was when Cohen had Spencer drop his pants. Cohen told Spencer that touching a terrorist with bare buttocks would cause a terrorist to become a homosexual. Cohen instructed Spencer to drop his pants, expose his bare buttocks, and act as if he were trying to ram his butt into someone.
In another part of the show, Spencer yelled the n-word several times. The entire segment is ridiculous and embarrassing. Anyone who wants to see for themselves can watch the segment here.
Spencer released a statement after the episode aired. In his statement, Spencer said that he was fraudulently induced into participating in bogus self-defense and anti-terrorism training. He said he was told the video was intended as an educational aid to train elected officials who may be targeted by terrorists.
Spencer said that he was invited to be on the show after they learned about legislation he proposed in 2016. He presented House Bill 3 in the Georgia General Assembly, which would have prevented from wearing burqas on public property, in driver’s licenses or other state identification photos, and while driving. Spencer said in his statement that his proposed legislation provoked death threats against him and his family.
That legislation wasn’t the only time Spencer was the subject of controversy in the Georgia General Assembly, In August 2017, he issued a threat to LaDawn Jones, a former state Democratic representative.
Spencer’s resignation will take effect on July 31.
Spencer warned Jones not to seek the removal of Confederate monuments in the state in a Facebook post. In an exchange on a Facebook comment thread, Spencer told Jones that she and others who supported the removal of Confederate monuments would “go missing” if they tried to have the monuments removed.
“I can guarantee you won’t be met with torches but something a lot more definitive,” Spencer said in one of the comments.
In the statement, Spencer released after his appearance on “Who Is America,” he related his own fears of violence to what had happened to Steve Scalise last year. Scalise was shot while Republicans practiced before an annual Congressional charity baseball game.
Spencer said in his statement that his state of mind was exploited for profit and notoriety, and said that the deceptive, fraudulent behavior by the media company was exactly the reason President Donald J. Trump won his election in 2016.
“It is clear the makers of this film attempted to deceive me in an attempt to undermine the American political conservative movement,” Spencer said in his statement. “Therefore, I have sought legal counsel to challenge this illegal and unethical behavior and plan on taking action if and when any of this fraudulently obtained footage of me is used by these Hollywood liberals to line their own pockets.”