See US politicians endorse spoof scheme arming kids as young as three with guns
American politicians have endorsed arming children as young as THREE with guns.
Republicans were filmed backing a spoof programme to teach pre-schoolers how to defend themselves with firearms as part of Sacha Baron Cohen ‘s new show.
The British comedian’s new seven-episode series, ‘Who is America?’, sees him adopt four different personas as he satirises the political and cultural life of the US in the Donald Trump era.
In the first episode, which airs tonight in the UK, the Ali G star poses as an Israeli anti-terror expert to gets two US congressmen to support for his fake ‘Kinderguardians’ scheme for kids as young as three.
The scheme includes a fake instructional video featuring children’s songs and ‘gunimals’ – weapons adorned with soft toys – that would purportedly help kids confront the school shootings that have plagued America for the past decade.
Republican congressmen Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina, along with former Senate Republican leader Trent Lott, who is now a lobbyist at a Washington law firm, are shown enthusiastically backing the idea, alongside gun rights advocates and a former congressman-turned-talk radio host, Joe Walsh.
Showtime and Sacha Baron Cohen both declined to comment on the series.
Those shown endorsing the fake scheme, including the politicians, had not seen the finished show ahead of its premiere in the US on Sunday.
Rohrabacher, Wilson and Lott did not immediately reply to requests for comment.
Walsh told CNN on Saturday that he was tricked into reading the words off a teleprompter.
The show marks Baron Cohen’s first television project in a decade after he launched his comedy career as subversive white English rapper Ali G, whose interviewees included Donald Trump and Newt Gingrich.
His 2006 faux documentary film ‘Borat’ ridiculed Kazakhstan and Middle Americans.
In ‘Who is America?’, Baron Cohen also takes aim at the media and political correctness, with the comedian posing as a pony-tailed liberal radio reporter on a post-2016 election cycling tour, and a man in a disability scooter who purports to investigate fake news.
In the first episode, Baron Cohen’s radio journalist persona is shown dining at the home of two Trump supporters in South Carolina and regaling them with lurid stories about his supposed family.
Walsh, the former congressman from Illinois, told CNN on Saturday that he had been asked by a documentary crew to read lines from a teleprompter endorsing various supposed Israeli innovations, including the idea of arming four-year-olds to defend themselves against terrorists.
"I’ll probably laugh at myself" when the episode airs, Walsh told CNN, adding that he is a fan of Baron Cohen. "He’s a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things."
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