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- Sarah Palin discussed her experience of being “duped” by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series, “Who Is America?,” in an interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Friday.
- Palin reiterated and expanded on a Facebook post she wrote earlier this week explaining her appearance on Cohen’s show.
- She also addressed a rebuttal Cohen gave to her account of the interview on Thursday from what is ostensibly a Twitter account for the character he interviewed Palin with for his series.
Sarah Palin went on ABC News’ “Good Morning America” on Friday to discuss her experience of being “duped” by comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series, “Who Is America?”
“It was proposed to me as a legitimate interview to speak about veterans’ issues in our military and current events to a new audience,” Palin said on the morning news show. “It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speakers’ bureau, which, you know, I would assume had done some vetting.”
Palin, reiterating and expanding on a Facebook post she wrote earlier this week explaining her appearance on Cohen’s show, discussed why she ultimately “literally, physically removed” her mic and walked out of the interview.
“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,” Palin said on “GMA.” “It just got worse and worse and worse as the minutes went on in this bizarre, really embarrassing, humiliating interview.”
Palin previously claimed in her Facebook post that Cohen appeared in the interview disguised as a “disabled US veteran.”
Cohen rebutted Palin’s account of the interview on Thursday by retweeting an account that the comedian ostensibly created for the character he interviewed Palin with for the show, called Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr.
“I did NOT say I was a War Vet. I was in the service – not military, but United Parcel,” Ruddick wrote in a tweet. “I was sadly prevented from joining the regular army on account of bone spurs bein discovered in my testes.”
Palin addressed Cohen’s rebuttal on “GMA.”
“You read a line like that and, you know, man this guy, he just doesn’t quit,” Palin said, referencing Cohen’s characters line about “bone spurs.” “He thinks this kind of stuff is funny, and mocking the disabled and mocking and belittling our vets with his portrayal, in my book, it’s not funny.”
She added: “This actor, this comedian, whomever he is, he’s a proven liar. Nobody can believe a word he’s saying now as to his rebuttal.”
When asked whether her public reaction to the interview was giving the show free promotion, Palin said, “CBS and Showtime, they’re going to be pimping this thing hard, so people are going to be hearing about it anyway.”
“If people tune into this show, then they’re going to see how middle-class Americans are mocked and our values are mocked,” she continued. “If people do decide to tune in, they’re going to hear about it anyway, if they tune in, well the ill-gotten gains by CBS and Showtime, those, I say, need to be donated to people who deserve the gains.”
Watch the interview below: