Sacha Baron Cohen punks politicians in ‘Who is America?’

Rosalie Gross
July 25, 2018

Aside from a brief teaser clip of Dick Cheyney enthusiastically signing "a waterboarding kit", the show has been shrouded in secrecy, until one of Baron Cohen's other marks, the idiot Sarah Palin, helpfully took to Facebook to share the news that she'd been "duped" into an interview.

'Nobody knows how to cause a stir like Sacha Baron Cohen, and it's going to be fascinating to watch what happens when WHO IS AMERICA? is released on the world'.

In the first episode Baron Cohen poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert who hoodwinks Republican politicians into endorsing a made-up scheme to train pre-schoolers how to fire a gun.

In a seven-episode series launching on cable channel Showtime on Sunday, the British prankster takes on four different personas as he satirizes the political and cultural life of the United States in the era of President Donald Trump. In the preview, Morad does an exploration into America's issue with school shootings mockingly advocating for arming children as young as four. Those interviews are riotously amusing, if only because everyone seems so earnest - or at the very least, polite - about someone asking them to read copy that proposes arming four year olds, backed up by claims peppered with scientific gibberish.

While South Carolina Rep. Joe Wilson added, "A 3-year-old can not defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it".

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Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott also said he was on board, calling the plan one that "America would be wise to implement".

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), former congressman Joe Walsh (R-IL), and Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC) are also seen endorsing the initiative. "In less than a month", he says, "a first-grader can become a first-grenader".

Later, in an interview with CNN, Walsh explained Cohen tricked him by saying he was "getting an award from some Israeli TV station" for being a "great supporter of Israel" and was asked to read stuff off a teleprompter - though that still does not justify his apparent willingness to arm preschoolers. "He started showing me these graphs and statistics that had, like, typos in them and just didn't quite look right, and part of this propaganda, this data that he was showing me, had something to do with sex changes and transgenderism, and he brought up Chelsea Clinton and said she was a recipient of a government-funded sex change", she recalled.

"I don't need Sacha Cohen to tell me who America is, but I can tell him that America is a proud Nation which sprang from humble beginnings and a strong belief in God, virtue, and morality", Moore said.

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