The story took a turn while WSB-TV was recording an interview with Thomas when Eric Sparkes, the alleged harrasser, showed up at the grocery store and told his side of the story.
An African-American Georgia state lawmaker says she "feared for her life" after a white man "verbally assaulted" her and told her to "go back to where you came from" because she had too many items in the express checkout line at a grocery store.
'Do you feel bad?' Thomas asked, referring to what she had claimed he said the previous day in her Facebook video.
Thomas confronted Sparkes in front of reporters and said he had "degraded and berated" her.More news: Gears 5 Cross-Play To Support Most Campaign and Multiplayer Modes
In a tearful Facebook video posted on Friday, Thomas said she had been in the express line at the store because she was nine months pregnant and could not stand for long.
'Me telling you to "Go back where you came from".
She said that she didn't tell the man that she is a state representative, but instead said, 'Sir, you don't even know me.
Thomas's video went viral and the hashtag #IStandwithErica trended on Twitter.
Thomas told The Associated Press that it appeared the man had already paid for his groceries when he approached her. For her political purposes, make it black, white, brown, whatever.More news: Boris Johnson 'will do a great job as PM'
In her video, Thomas alluded to those attacks and accused the president of inciting hate.
He denied making any racially charged comment, adding, "I am Cuban".
In a statement, Publix has said the company was "cooperating with local law enforcement as they look into the matter".
She also says in the full video that the five additional items in her cart were actually things that her daughter had picked up that she wanted to buy for herself, but that it shouldn't have mattered even if she were over the limit.More news: West Nile Virus Mosquito Sample Confirmed in LA County
During the television interview, she said Sparkes "needs to be held accountable because people can't just go out and berate pregnant women".