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Hillary Clinton takes on conspiracy theories on Borat special

Hillary Clinton is addressing a conspiracy theory about her head-on in a new “Borat” special, calling it “painfully false” and “hurtful.”

The 2016 Democratic presidential nominee appears as part of an episode of the Amazon Prime Video documentary short series, “Debunking Borat,” that debuted Tuesday.

The aim of the series, according to “Borat” star Sacha Baron Cohen, is to introduce a pair of conspiracy theorists that he lived with for several days while filming last year’s “Borat Subsequent Movefilm,” to “world-leading experts, doctors and academics” to help “debunk them face-to-face.”

“The myths and misinformation” that the two Americans had shared with Cohen’s character in the Oscar-nominated movie, the actor says in the series, “fuel a dangerous rhetoric that is tearing apart societies in front of our eyes.”

In the final episode of the six-part program, the two men, Jerry Holleman and Jim Jim Russell, say that the former secretary of State and her husband, former President Clinton, are “extremely evil.”

“Supposedly they torture these kids,” they say, before describing the couple as “drinking the blood” of children.

In the show, the conspiracy theory is dubbed a “modern reworking of the centuries-old myth of blood libel.”

“The conspiracy’s core ideas of ritualistic murder, cannibalism and blood libel have found a receptive audience online,” a narrator says.

“I know you’ve heard a few things about me that you might believe. And I know that you’re not alone,” Clinton says, in a recorded video shown to Holleman and Russell.

“It’s hurtful, I’ll be really honest with you. It’s hurtful not just to me and my family, but, you know, to my friends, and other people who know that this is not just false, but you know, sometimes painfully false,” Clinton, 73, tells the men.

“So just as one American to another, I hope that we can start trying to find some common ground again and overcome all those forces trying to divide us and put us into little boxes apart from each other. Because wouldn’t it be great to kind of come together, instead of drift apart?” Clinton says. “I hope that’s possible.”

The series then shows the reactions from the two supporters of former President Trump. Russell is seen crumpling up a piece of paper as he tells Holleman, “I just can’t stand her.”

Tags Borat Conspiracy theories Donald Trump Hillary Clinton politicians Sasha Baron Cohen

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