'Nice Try, Don': Sacha Baron Cohen Says Trump Referenced Same OAN Journalist His Movie Fooled

Actor Sacha Baron Cohen couldn't help but laugh at President Donald Trump for using one OAN journalist as a source in one of his voter fraud claims on Twitter. That's because she's the same one who let actress Maria Bakalova, posing as Borat's daughter for the recent Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm, into the White House.

"Nice try, Don—your source is an OAN 'journalist' who got duped into bringing Borat's daughter to the White House. Sad," he tweeted on Thursday, sharing an article from Mediaite that reported that Trump was sharing a debunked conspiracy theory.

The article Cohen shared explained that the president promoted a conspiracy theory regarding the company Dominion, who makes voting machines. The conspiracy says that the company deleted over 2 million votes for Trump and changed hundreds of thousands of votes in Pennsylvania from Trump to President-Elect Joe Biden. As Mediaite points out, the conspiracy has been debunked by multiple outlets, including The New York Times.

“REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” @ChanelRion @OANN

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020

In his tweet, Trump tagged OAN and the network's Chief White House Correspondent Chanel Rion, who Bakalova tagged along with in a deleted scene in the Borat sequel.

The clip was tweeted out from the Borat Twitter account in October, mocking not only Trump but OAN as well.

In Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Bakalova eventually parts ways with Cohen to become a conservative journalist, making fun of many of the people she cons into interviewing. While the most memorable is certainly Trump-attorney Rudy Giuliani, the deleted-scene is an excellent work of satire in and of itself, ripping the network for spreading misinformation.

Trump very careful who he let into his events and house. No Covid test necessary - High 5! pic.twitter.com/Kf5gGk3n2M

— Borat (@BoratSagdiyev) October 23, 2020

"OAN is most rigorous news source in America," Borat's voice over in the clip says, while clips of Rion play. "I know this because they take my daughter into the White House. No need for security tests or COVID test. They boring."

The clip then shows Rion walking into the White House with Bakalova, as well as the actress in an audience at a Trump-speaking engagement. It also shows her speaking to Donald Trump Jr.

At the end, Bakalova asks Rion a question that has crossed most sensible people's minds: "Why's all the fake journalists for the left and not on the right?" Rion looks confused before a title card for the film is shown.

Cohen's message seems to really be that if the reporter Trump cited was so easily conned by an actress in his satirical comedy, there's no reason that anyone should believe this report.

Mediaite notes that the source of the conspiracy appears to be a report by OAN's anchor Lilia Fifield, not Rion. During a Thursday report, she claimed that a report by Edison Research showed a "glitch" in Dominion systems switching votes. "Analysts say the theft and destruction of votes are attributed to so-called glitches in Dominion's software, and the extent to which this affected results can be verified by hand recounts of votes in each state," she said.

Cohen's publicist and OAN did not respond to Newsweek's emailed requests for comment in time for publication.

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Sacha Baron Cohen aka "Borat" attends his book signing at Borders on November 7, 2007 in Westwood, California. Steve Granitz/WireImage/Getty