- The Washington Times - Thursday, July 12, 2018

Conservative talk radio host and former Republican Rep. Joe Walsh went on tweetstorm Wednesday calling for a boycott against Showtime after he said he was “duped” by comedic filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen.

Mr. Walsh said his experience with Mr. Cohen and his “cronies” made him inclined to believe Sarah Palin’s account of being tricked into an interview for the comedian’s upcoming Showtime series “Who is America?”

Mrs. Palin claimed that Mr. Cohen disguised himself as a wounded veteran in a fake interview with the former Alaska governor, which she said she eventually stormed out of after she was asked about a government-funded sex-change operation for former first daughter Chelsea Clinton.

Mr. Walsh said he “totally” believed Mrs. Palin’s account and accused Mr. Cohen of stolen valor.

The former congressman explained that he, too, was invited to a fake event conducted by Mr. Cohen, this time being a dinner honoring “defenders of Israel.”

Ms. Walsh said he became wise to the ruse once the interviewer started talking about how children should defend themselves against terrorist attacks. He said he was rushed out of the studio when an apparent fight broke out.

He then tweeted a picture of the fake award he received at the dinner.

Mrs. Palin wrote a scathing Facebook post Tuesday claiming Mr. Cohen sat in a wheelchair and pretended to be a wounded veteran during his fake interview with her.

“Yup — we were duped. Ya’ got me, Sacha. Feel better now?” the former vice presidential candidate wrote. “I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime.”

Mrs. Palin was responding to a tweet by Matt Drudge announcing that Mr. Cohen had tricked her — among others including Dick Cheney, Howard Dean and Bernard Sanders — into appearing in scenes for his new series.

The first episode of “Who is America?” is set to air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET this Sunday, and debut on streaming, online and on demand Sunday at midnight.

Mr. Cohen teased the show on Twitter Tuesday, including a clip of Mr. Cheney signing a “waterboard kit.”

Showtime Networks President and CEO David Nevins has labeled Mr. Cohen “the premier provocateur of our time.”


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