Arpaio says he misheard Sacha Baron Cohen questions

Former Maricopa Country, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio said he made a “bad mistake” in accepting an interview from comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, during which he was duped into saying he would accept oral sex from President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE.

On the latest episode of his undercover Showtime series “Who is America?,” Baron Cohen disguised himself as a Finnish YouTube star named OMGWhizzBoyOMG and asked the former sheriff a series of sexual questions that Arpaio later said were “rather bizarre.”

Arpaio said in an interview with The Washington Examiner on Thursday night that he didn’t understand Baron Cohen during the segment and was confused when the comedian began to shift their conversation toward Trump and the topic of "golden showers," slang for the sexual act of urinating on another person.


“Quite frankly, I made a bad mistake security-wise,” said Arpaio, who is running for an open Senate seat in Arizona. “They said, ‘we’re doing a feature for Showtime — the top 20 people in the United States.’ It looked pretty nice [that] I made the top people.”

“They take me to a warehouse type-thing and they had a couple of security guys. I’m by myself in a warehouse, and I was a little suspicious. They didn’t have a greenroom. It was just a warehouse," he said.

“They had a big-screen TV. He’s from Finland, famous guy,” Arpaio continued, while also noting that the screen had a display indicating up to 2 million viewers were watching the interview. “I said ‘This guy has to be a famous guy in Finland.’”

The controversial sheriff, who was pardoned by Trump last year after being convicted of criminal contempt related to racial profiling, said he spoke with Baron Cohen for roughly an hour in total.

“So he’s talking and I couldn’t understand him. He’s talking about golden showers. I thought he was talking about — the president has gold [in his shower],” Arpaio said.

“And then hand job," he continued. "What was that? He was talking about illegals coming over working with their hands on their job."

“Then the other thing — the only thing I got was that he would offer me a job. I didn’t hear that little thing before that,” Arpaio said, referring to when the comedian asked him about giving Trump a blow job. “I don’t know where that came from.”

During the initial interview between Baron Cohen and Arpaio, the comedian asked the former sheriff: “If Donald Trump calls you up after this and says, ‘Sheriff Joe, I want to offer you an amazing blow job,’ would you say yes?”

“I may have to say yes,” Arpaio responded.

The former sheriff then directed a message to the comedian.

“Get the guts, get out of your undercover role, come and interview me in English, of course, so I can understand him so we can go man-to-man. You can ask me anything you want. I’ll be glad to deal with it," Arpaio said. "He won’t have the guts to do that. Maybe he will, I don’t know."

Arpaio had told Breitbart News last month that the comedian had tricked him into an interview and said he “felt uncomfortable” with some of the content.

He is one of multiple Republicans vying to replace retiring Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeFlake: Congress should not continue Kavanaugh investigations Arizona congressional candidate robbed outside restaurant The Kavanaugh debate was destructive tribalism on steroids: Here’s how we can stop it from happening again MORE (R-Ariz.). The eventual GOP nominee is likely to face Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema in the general election.