- Several Republican lawmakers express support for arming schoolchildren with guns in a new video clip.
- The video comes from “Who Is America?”, Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show that premieres on Showtime Sunday night.
- The executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America confused musical artists Blink-182 and Cardi B with science terms in the video.
- The clip from Cohen’s show also features former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher expressing support for the program.
Sacha Baron Cohen is back to duping unsuspecting public figures for a new Showtime program, “Who Is America?” which premieres on Sunday night.
One video clip from the show that’s floating around the internet shows several former and current Republican lawmakers endorsing the idea of arming school children as young as four with guns.
The clip opens with Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida saying that “typically members of Congress don’t just hear a story about a program and then indicate whether they support it or not.”
Immediately after Gaetz’s remark, the clip cuts to former Sen. Trent Lott saying “I support the kinder-guardian program.” Lott, who served as senator for Mississippi from 1989 to 2007, was the Senate Majority Leader from 1996 to 2001. Before joining the Senate, Lott served 16 years in the US House of Representatives.
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California said training school children how to shoot “might actually make us safer.”
Rep. Joe Wilson of South Carolina also chimed in, saying “A three-year-old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it,” and adding that “our founding fathers do not put an age limit on the second amendment.”
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Former Rep. Joe Walsh of Illinois, who is now a conservative radio host, said the “kinder-guardian” program “introduces specially selected children, from 12 to four years old, to pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and a rudimentary knowledge of mortars.”
“In less than a month, a first grader can become a first grenadier,” he said.
Larry Pratt, executive director emeritus of Gun Owners of America said “toddlers are pure, uncorrupted by fake news or homosexuality. They don’t care if it’s politically correct to shoot a mentally deranged gunman. They will just do it.”
Pratt, who served in the Virginia House of Delegates in the early 1980s, said that “the science behind this program is proven.” While reading his endorsement into the camera, he adds that children can process images quicker than adults, “meaning that, essentially like owls, they can see in slow motion.”
“Children under five also have elevated levels of the pheromone Blink-182, produced by the part of the liver known as the Rita Ora,” Pratt adds. “This allows nerve reflexes to travel along the Cardi B neural pathway to the Wiz Khalifa 40% faster.”
Blink-182 is a rock band, Rita Ora is a pop singer, and Cardi B and Wiz Khalifa are both rappers.
The clip ends with an alteration of the expression that the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. “The way to stop a bad guy with a gun…,” Pratt said, before the scene cuts to Lott, who continues “… is a good kid with a gun.”
Pratt and Walsh echo Lott’s refrain, and the video closes with Walsh saying “happy shooting, kids.”
The new series is already making waves
Baron Cohen, who became famous for pranking politicians and celebrities on HBO’s “Da Ali G Show,” first previewed “Who Is America?” last week with a cryptic Twitter video that featured President Donald Trump mocking Cohen.
The star of films such as “Borat” and “Bruno” interviewed many political figures while in disguise for his new show. The former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin wrote a Facebook post on Tuesday confirming that she and her daughter had been “duped” into an interview for Cohen’s series.
“I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick ‘humour’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen, enabled and sponsored by CBS/Showtime,” Palin wrote.
Cohen released a teaser clip showing former vice president Dick Cheney, signing a “waterboard kit,” which Cheney does with a smile and says, “that’s the first time I ever signed a waterboard.”
Aside from Palin and Cheney, Bernie Sanders, Roy Moore, Ted Koppel, David Petraeus, and Howard Dean are all rumoured or confirmed to appear in “Who Is America?”
Watch the trailer for the show below:
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