A Georgia lawmaker says "I will be resigning" after he exposed himself and yelled racial slurs on provocateur Sacha Baron Cohen's cable TV show, according to a letter the Republican legislator sent to the speaker of the state House.
Spencer, a Republican who has served in the Georgia House of Representatives since 2011, said in a one-sentence email to House Speaker David Ralston that he had chose to step down.
After the episode of Cohen's new political prank show premiered Sunday night on Showtime, fellow Georgia lawmakers - including Governor Nathan Deal - expressed embarrassment at the way their colleague behaved.
He persuades Spencer to fend off an attacker by charging at him backwards? he shouts "USA!" and "America!"? with his bare bottom exposed.
In a statement Monday, Spencer apologized for the "ridiculously ugly episode", but he initially refused to step down. "I recently lost my primary election, so I will not be eligible to hold office next term", Spencer said.
And finally, Mr Spencer was told he could intimidate terrorists by pulling down his trousers and exposing his buttocks. After a few days of reflection, however, Spencer has made a decision to resign, effective July 31, CNN reported Wednesday.
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Baron Cohen told Spencer this would incite fear in homophobic jihadists.
House Speaker David Ralston's office confirmed that Spencer has filed his resignation.
In Cohen's Showtime series Who Is America?
This is not the first time Spencer has created a stir.
"Rep. Spencer's words and behavior are hurtful, insensitive, and completely unacceptable".
Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, Calif., March 4, 2018.This image released by Showtime shows Jason Spencer in a scene from the series "Who Is America", starring Sacha Baron Cohen.