GOP rep: I wasn't 'duped into an interview by Borat'

GOP rep: I wasn't 'duped into an interview by Borat'
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Rep. Lee ZeldinLee ZeldinUS lawmakers call on EU to label entire Hezbollah a terrorist organization Democrats release bilingual ads on police reform bill GOP lawmakers voice support for Israeli plan to annex areas in West Bank MORE said Tuesday that comedian Sacha Baron Cohen tried to get him to appear on his new Showtime series, but the New York Republican "picked up on his sleazy pitch."

Cohen's new show "Who is America?" — which premiered on Sunday — features the former "Borat" star's signature guerrilla-style interviews in which he appears in disguises while attempting to entrap subjects in embarrassing or offensive situations.

The British actor has in recent months conducted interviews with a number of prominent politicians for his new show, including former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE (I-Vt.), former Vice President Dick Cheney and Rep. Dana RohrabacherDana Tyrone RohrabacherDemocrat Harley Rouda advances in California House primary Lawyers to seek asylum for Assange in France: report Rohrabacher tells Yahoo he discussed pardon with Assange for proof Russia didn't hack DNC email MORE (R-Calif.), among others.


Palin claimed that she was "duped" into a prank interview for series, and accused Cohen of lying about being a disabled veteran.

Showtime disputed her claims, saying Cohen "did not present himself as a disabled veteran, and viewers nationwide who watched the premiere on Sunday can now attest to that."

The first episode of the series included interviews with a number of lawmakers and gun rights advocates who, at Cohen's urging, said they supported arming toddlers.

Cohen starred in the 2006 comedy film "Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan" and 2009's "Brüno," playing the titular characters, who first appeared on his series "Da Ali G Show."