California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher was among a group of Republicans that appeared to endorse a fictional program to arm toddlers on 'Who Is America?'Another Republican congressman pranked by Sacha Baron Cohen is explaining his participation in a now-widely seen PSA to arm toddlers on the new Showtime series Who Is America?
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California was among a handful of Republican lawmakers that were duped into endorsing a fictional Israeli program that would teach children, ages 4 through 12, how to use guns in response to the growing number of school shootings. Baron Cohen launched his satire series with the 10-minute gagduring Sunday's premiere episode, posing as an Israeli anti-terror expert named Col. Erran Morad. While in character, the comedian appeared to easily convince Rohrabacher, among others, to participate in the fake PSA.
Rohrabacher only appeared in the cut-together final video and his interview with Baron Cohen was never shown. Now, the congressman is saying he was never interviewed by Baron Cohen and that his apparent endorsement of the program to arm children is "false news."
"Cohen’s people apparently used footage from an interview I submitted to earlier this year for a bogus Israeli television company supposedly celebrating the country’s 70th anniversary," said Rohrabacher in a statement Monday, referencing the already reported story of how Baron Cohen and his team lured his unsuspecting interviewees. "In that interview, which was not with Cohen, I spoke broadly of training young people at a responsible age in self-defense. At no time did I endorse training toddlers in handling guns. Nor was the idea even presented to me directly. If it had been, I would have rejected it."