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FILE - In this Sept. 21, 2017, file photo, former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin speaks at a rally in Montgomery, Ala. The former Republican vice presidential candidate says she fell victim to British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen during an interview for his upcoming Showtime series, “Who Is America?” In a Facebook post on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, the former Alaska governor wrote she and a daughter traveled across the country for what she thought was a legitimate interview. But she says Cohen had “heavily disguised himself” as a disabled U.S. veteran in a wheelchair. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

Sarah Palin to ABC: interview with Cohen 'just got worse and worse'


Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin appeared on ABC News' "Good Morning America" Friday to comment on being "duped" into an interview with comedian Sacha Baron Cohen for a new series on Showtime called "Who Is America?"

"It was proposed to me as a legitimate interview to speak on issues in our military and current events to a new audience. It was supposed to be this big time Showtime documentary and it was passed on to me by a speakers bureau, which I would assume had done some vetting," Palin said during her interview.

The former governor of Alaska wrote a post on Facebook earlier this week, criticizing Cohen and Showtime for flying her daughter and herself across the country and subjecting her to what she described as "Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm."

Palin again criticized Cohen on "Good Morning American, saying, "This quote on quote comedian is obviously very good at lying, at duping people. Because look at the long list now since I've come out and described my experience, all these other guys, all these men coming out saying, 'Oh yeah, me too.'"

In her Facebook post, Palin said that Cohen attended the interview dressed as a "disabled" United States veteran.

"He started showing me these graphs and statistics that had typos in them and didn't look quite right. And part of this propaganda, this data that he was showing me had something to do with sex changes and transgenderism. And then he brought up Chelsea Clinton and said that she was a recipient of a government-funded sex change. It just got worse and worse as the minutes went on in this bizarre really embarrassing, humiliating interview."

"It mocked middle-class Americans. It mocked our values. It mocked the disabled. It just got worse and worse. And it was occurring to me, whatever this show is, whatever this interview is, is really about humiliation and devaluing middle-class Americans whom I represent."

Since Palin penned her post, Cohen has responded to her retelling of the interview seemingly in character. Cohen's official Twitter account retweeted a post from an account called Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., Ph.D. that said "I did NOT say I was a War Vet. I was in the service - not military, but United Parcel. I was sadly prevented from joining the regular army on account of bone spurs bein discovered in my testes."

Since Palin came forward with her account of her encounter with Cohen, other political figures including Dick Cheney, Roy Moore, and Bernie Sanders have also been duped into meeting with the comedian.

Cohen's show, "Who Is America" is set to premiere July 15 on Showtime.

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