Sacha Baron Cohen dupes USA gun advocates into endorsing weapons for toddlers

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CREDIT Mark Metcalfe Getty Images

Sacha Baron Cohen's new show Who Is America? debuted on U.S. channel Showtime on Sunday night, and the aftermath was immediate and intense.

The satirical seven-episode series, which premiered Sunday on Showtime, sees Cohen adopt different personas to interview unsuspecting public figures in a caricature of the American political and cultural climate in the era of Donald Trump.

In a clip released by the network, posted above, Baron Cohen went to Washington, D.C., heavily disguised as Israeli anti-terror expert Col. Erran Morad, seeking congressional support from GOP lawmakers for a program called "Kinder Guardians" that would train USA preschoolers to use firearms.

Palin said she ultimately walked out of the interview and slammed what she called the Cambridge-educated comedian's "foreign commentaries" that disrespected the United States military and middle-class Americans.

Baron Cohen seems to be indulging his gross-out side as Dr Nira Cain-N'degeocello, a bleeding heart liberal who sits down for dinner at the lavish home of a rich, middle- aged, Trump-supporting couple who "suffer from white privilege".

The former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Representative Dana Rohrabacher from California endorsed the plans, to put "guns in the hands of talented children or highly-trained pre-schoolers". "In less than a month - less than a month - a first-grader can become a first grenade-er".

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.

As for whether "Who is America?" finds an answer to its title, as with Cohen's past efforts, the series generally provides exaggerated snapshots of America, connected by one overarching picture: the hypnotic, numbing effect that the promise of TV exposure can induce, even on those who should theoretically know better.

"After they conducted an interview, they had me read off of a teleprompter talking about some of the innovative products that Israel invented", said the former congressman.

However, perhaps the person that comes off looking the most scathed by Cohen's prank is executive director of emeritus of Gun Owners of America Larry Pratt.

Blink-182 is a rock band, Rita Ora is a pop singer, and Cardi B and Wiz Khalifa are both rappers. They don't care if it's politically correct to shoot a mentally deranged gunman.

Pratt continued: "The science behind this program is proven".

When will Who is America air in the UK? "They should be arming the children".

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