Sacha Baron Cohen gets US Congressmen to endorse 'Israeli' toddler gun program

Tonya Becker
July 25, 2018

Capitalizing on the large amount of publicity that angry politicians have afforded the show this past week, Showtime released an extended preview of Who Is America on YouTube today.

Arpaio, 86, said he began to suspect something was amiss with the interview when Baron Cohen started using sexually explicit expressions. Cohen dons the disguise of a new character, Colonel Erran Morad, a so-called anti-terrorism expert.

The clip from Cohen's show also features former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher expressing support for the program.

This seven-episode series, which has been in the works since past year, explores the diverse individuals - from the infamous to the unknown - who populate the American political and cultural spectrum. In response to mass shootings in America, Morad said he developed a program called "Kinder Guardians", which trains US toddlers in preschools to use firearms. 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.

On Capitol Hill, Morad persuades a number of high-profile Republicans to support his arm-the-toddlers plan - straight to camera.

"A 3-year-old can not defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it", Rep. Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) adds.

Former Illinois Congressman Joe Walsh was also featured in the clip.

The piece de resistance, though, comes during the closing third, as Cohen masquerades as an Israeli gun enthusiast, convincing gun-rights advocates and Republican politicians to endorse his proposal to train toddlers in the use of firearms.

"In less than a month, your children can evolve from a first a first grenader".

Former vice presidential nominee and ex-Alaska governor Sarah Palin will also feature in the series, admitting on Wednesday she was duped into an interview with Baron Cohen who was disguised as a disabled United States veteran. In a Facebook post on Tuesday, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter traveled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview.

'This "legit opportunity" to honor American Vets and contribute to a "legit Showtime historical documentary" was requested of me via a speakers bureau, ' said Palin.

Who Is America launches on Soho and Neon tonight at 10.30pm. Sacha Baron Cohen, go to school.

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