GOP lawmaker thinks he was duped by Sacha Baron Cohen
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Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzMatt Gaetz, Roger Stone back far-right activist Laura Loomer in congressional bid Gaetz set to endorse primary opponent of fellow Florida GOP lawmaker The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by the Air Line Pilots Association - Progress slow on coronavirus bill MORE (R-Fla.) said this week that he was likely duped by Sacha Baron Cohen in an interview earlier this year.

Gaetz told the Daily Beast that he thinks Cohen may have tricked him into an interview about Israel and asked him to endorse weapons systems.

“They totally got me,” Gaetz told the Daily Beast on Friday night. He originally told the publication that he was not “aware” of an incident involving Cohen.

“I now remember an interview I gave regarding Israel and I now believe that was Sacha Baron Cohen,” the freshman lawmaker said.


Gaetz, who has traveled to Israel multiple times in the past two years, said that during the in-office interview, a “man with short dark hair and heavy makeup” held up images of weapons systems and asked him to comment, which he said he refused to do.

“I said, I would not do that, of course,” Gaetz said. “I don’t know these weapons systems, I’m not going to talk about them.”

Cohen has already exposed several figures that he tricked for his upcoming new show, “Who is America?” including former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, former Arizona sheriff Joe Arpaio, former vice president Dick Cheney and former GOP Alabama Senate candidate Roy MooreRoy Stewart MooreSessions hits back at Trump days ahead of Alabama Senate runoff Judge allows Roy Moore lawsuit over Sacha Baron Cohen prank to proceed Senate outlook slides for GOP MORE.

While some of the figures have threatened legal action or spoken out against the comedian, Gaetz said that he is a fan of Cohen’s “ironically humorous” stunts and said that he “can’t wait” to see the show.

Gaetz faces an Aug. 28 primary election. President TrumpDonald John TrumpUPS, FedEx shut down calls to handle mail-in ballots, warn of 'significant' problems: report Controversial GOP Georgia candidate attempts to distance from QAnon Trump orders TikTok parent company to sell US assets within 90 days MORE recently endorsed him in the race.