Jason Spencer, the Georgia lawmaker who used a racial slur on Sacha Baron Cohens Who Is America?, resigned from the state Legislature, where he served four terms, following his appearance on the Showtime series.
Spencers resignation takes effect July 31st, House Speaker David Ralstons office confirmed to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
In the Who Is America? segment, Cohens Israeli anti-terrorism expert convinced Spencer to impersonate a Chinese person, drop his pants to expose his buttocks and say nigger, which Spencer screamed repeatedly.
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, Georgia governor Nathan Deal tweeted after the segment aired.
Before the episode aired, Spencer blamed his behavior on Cohen exploiting the lawmakers paranoid state of mind after Spencer received death threats for proposing burqa-banning legislature, CNN reports.
They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety, said Spencer. This media companys deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.
Spencer added, I deeply regret the language I used at (Cohens) request as well as my participation in the class in general. If I had not been so distracted by my fears, I never would have agreed to participate in the first place.
Although Spencer resigned from his position, his time left in office was coming to an end: After four terms representing a conservative Georgia county, Spence was defeated in a Republican primary by challenger Steven Sainz, ending Spencers tenure in the state legislature following the November general election.