Rep. Gaetz Doesn't Fall for Sacha Baron Cohen's Tricks
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) didn't fall for comedian Sacha Baron Cohen's tricks on his new Showtime series “Who Is America?”
In Sunday's premiere, Cohen -- in character as Israeli anti-terror expert Col. Erran Morad -- convinced former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, former congressman Joe Walsh and current GOP lawmakers Dana Rohrabacher of California and Joe Wilson of South Carolina to support his fictional "Kinderguardians" program, which would arm America's children to help prevent school shootings.
Gaetz, however, did not endorse the program when Cohen asked him to do so.
“You want me to say on television that I support 3- and 4-year-olds with firearms?” Gaetz asked Cohen. “Is that what you’re asking me to do?”
“Yes,” Cohen replied.
“Typically, members of Congress don’t just hear a story about a program and indicate whether they support it or not,” Gaetz said.
On "Fox & Friends" on Tuesday, Gaetz joked that he would like to thank his mother for teaching him to have a healthy dose of skepticism.
"There are a number of strange things that happen every day on Capitol Hill, and so I just thought it was maybe another kind of weird, bizarre foreign media interview," Gaetz said, revealing it wasn't until months later that he realized he gave an interview to Cohen.
Gaetz said he is a fan of Cohen's work -- particularly his character Borat -- so he credited Cohen and his team for pulling off a successful ruse.
"Good makeup artistry, good acting by Sacha Baron Cohen," Gaetz said. "They catch members of Congress at the end of the day, a little frustrated, a little tired. And I think they got some of my colleagues to say things they likely regret."