GOP Congressmen Support Arming Toddlers in New Sacha Baron Cohen Show: Report

Sacha Baron Cohen, the controversial comedian behind the movies Borat and Bruno, has tricked multiple GOP congressmen into supporting a fake initiative to arm toddlers with guns as a part of his upcoming show Who Is America?

As part of the show, Baron Cohen goes undercover as an Israeli agent who pitches the idea of arming toddlers to combat school shootings in the United States, according to The Daily Beast. The fake program, which Baron Cohen calls Kinderguardians, won the support of Republican House of Representative members Joe Wilson and Dana Rohrabacher.

Baron Cohen's show, which will premiere Sunday night on Showtime, has gained significant attention since the comedian began teasing the premise in June. "Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year," a promo video for the series said.

— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 8, 2018

Shortly after the promo for the show aired, a number of high-profile politicians came forward to say they were tricked by Baron Cohen to participate in the show. "Yup- we were duped. Ya' got me, Sacha, Feel better now?" Sarah Palin, the former governor of Alaska and 2008 vice presidential hopeful, said in a Facebook post. "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."

Former Alabama Senate candidate Judge Roy Moore, whose bid for Congress was derailed by eight allegations of child molestation, also posted that he had been tricked into participating in the show. "I don't need Sacha Cohen to tell me who America is, but I can tell him that America is a proud Nation which sprang from humble beginnings and a strong belief in God, virtue, and morality," Moore said. "I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another."

The promo released for the show also featured former Vice President Dick Cheney autographing a "waterboard kit."

"That's a first," Cheney said in the clip. "That's the first time I've ever signed a waterboard."

"Sacha is a comedic genius who shocks you with his audacity, bravery and inventiveness," David Nevins, the CEO of Showtime, said in a statement. "He is the premier provocateur of our time, but not for the sake of 'gotcha' moments. Behind the elaborate set up is a genuine quest for the truth about people, places and politics."

Sacha Baron Cohen during the 6th AACTA Awards Presented by Foxtel at The Star on December 7, 2016, in Sydney. Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images for AFI