Right-Wing Radio Host Joe Walsh Says Sacha Baron Cohen Tricked Him into an Interview, Too
Specifically, Walsh says Cohen's production company flew him out to a fake pro-Israel event and even gave him a trophy for "Significant Contributions to the State of Israel."
His unintentionally hilarious tale is available below. Meanwhile, Who Is America? hits Showtime this Sunday (July 15). But a Republican somewhere likely already told you that.
I totally believe @SarahPalinUSA's account of the @SachaBaronCohen incident. Dressing up as a wounded veteran is absolutely stolen valor, his tactics are disguisting - I know cause I too was duped. Here is what happened...#BoycottShowtime— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
I was invited to a pro-Israel dinner that honored defenders of Israel. The producers said they needed to film a pre-interview that would air as a part of Israel's 70th birthday celebration. #BoycottShowtime— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
@SachaBaronCohen's cronies said that Tony Blair, Rupert Murdoch, Bono and Steven Spielberg had also been honored - I flew to D.C., producers booked me a hotel room, paid for by: Daniel Nuzzi #BoycottShowtime pic.twitter.com/8upPN54Pne— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
Side note to my story - I totally get @SachaBaronCohen's gig. He's a comedian, and he can be funny, but mocking a disabled veteran to spoof @SarahPalinUSA is a serious matter. I am just telling you what I encountered - it was much of the same she experienced.— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
So - I was truly honored to be named as a pro-Israel voice in America. I participated in the interview after working with an Alexis Rothe from "https://t.co/T35TrMjGoD" and a "Alexis Sampietro," who was randomly CC'ed on an email thread. #BoycottShowtime— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
I was rushed to the studio, production was a mess, I sat down and we started talking pro-Israel stuff, Israeli defense, and then out of left field the interviewer starts talking about how children should defend themselves against terrorist attacks. #BoycottShowtime pic.twitter.com/kdwA0h9VyR— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
I understand Israel handles security very differently than how America handles security - interviewer showed several articles involving children stopping terrorists - stuff like that. They had me read off a teleprompter - I stopped and questioned their direction. #boycottShowtime— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018
And just like that producers rushed me out of the studio as an apparent fight broke out. Strangest interview of my life - don't think they spoofed me very much - but I did get this award, thanks @showtime. #boycottShowtime pic.twitter.com/yTZcxTww6O— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) July 11, 2018