Well, technically it was Sacha Baron Cohen, portraying his Who Is America? character. The 10-minute clip shows Cohen in heavy prosthetics playing a new character, Erran Morad, an ex-Mossad Israeli who has come to America to conduct interviews on the issue of gun control. Cohen's character said its goal was to arm children from the ages of 3 to 16 years old in Israel.
In Washington, Cohen manages to get Republican Congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of SC, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott (now a lobbyist for a Washington law firm), former Illinois Congressman turned radio talk show host Joe Walsh, and gun advocate Larry Pratt to endorse the program.
In the first episode, Baron Cohen's radio journalist persona is shown dining at the home of two Trump supporters in SC and regaling them with lurid stories about his supposed family.
He then holds a gun wrapped in a stuffed dog and says: 'Just keep in mind to point Puppy Pistol's mouth at the middle of the bad man'.
Sacha Baron Cohen's new series premieres on Showtime Sunday night. Evan Vucci AP Cindy Ord Getty
He went to Washington, D.C., to find congressional support for his (fictional) program, and managed to get several lawmakers and lobbyists to sit for the camera. "Children under five also have elevated levels of the pheromone "Blink-182", produced by the part of the liver known as the Rita Ora", he says in the video.
"In less than a month, a first grader can become a first grenadier", he said. "This allows nerve reflexes to travel along the Cardi B neural pathway to the Wiz Khalifa 40% faster". Congressman-turned-radio host and well-known Twitter dunce Joe Walsh cuts a professional commercial-worthy testimony in support of the idea, signing off with "Happy shooting, kids".
"Who is America?" is now available on demand and premieres July 15 at 10 p.m. on Showtime. Check out Lea Palmieri's pleasantly optimistic hypothesis about the series on Decider, and be sure to see who Cohen has already duped into trick interviews, including Sarah Palin.
The series marks Baron Cohen's return to television after more than a decade, who first rose to fame as his character Ali G on Channel 4.
2 dead, 13 injured, gunman killed in Toronto shooting
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