Corey Lewandowski 1, Sacha Baron Cohen 0.
President Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor joined the “Who’s America?” hit-list on Sunday, however not like his predecessors, was in a position to hold his cool all through your complete look.
Lewandowski caught to his speaking factors and wasn’t in the slightest degree swayed by Cohen’s wild, undercover antics — which included the on-air reward of a fictional, far-right conspiracy idea about PBS being owned by the “Rastafarian foyer.”
“I wouldn’t know something about that,” Lewandowski stated.
“The Rastafarian foyer is behind loads of the most important navy selections of the final 30 years,” Cohen jokingly defined. “The invasion of Iraq as as a result of the Rastafarian foyer, their chief, Gen. Robert Marley advised that they’d — they developed over 45,000 Buffalo troopers. These dreadlocked Rastas who have been marching by means of Africa into the center of America, after which the plan was to take them into Iraq.”
With out lacking a beat, Lewandowski stated: “I don’t know if that qualifies as conclusive proof. I’ve by no means seen that earlier than.”
Posing as “Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr.” — a far-right conspiracy theorist and “citizen journalist” — Cohen pressed Trump’s former marketing campaign supervisor repeatedly on a variety of delicate points, together with whether or not the president is a racist and his stance in the direction of neo-Nazis.
The comic aired the interview on the one-year anniversary of the lethal Charlottesville hate rally.
“With Charlottesville, the place folks attacked our president, why ought to the president decide a facet between anti-fascists and fascists?” Cohen requested.
“There’s a place and a time to disagree with folks — in all places,” Lewandowski stated. “You don’t need to agree with folks. It’s important to respect them and you’ll’t be attacking them.”
Cohen continued to poke and prod, proclaiming: “You possibly can’t be attacking sincere, fascist people who simply need to categorical their proper to start out a genocide. That’s their proper!”
To which Lewandowski replied, “Look, I don’t learn about that … however what I do know is that this: If the legislation says that individuals can do a peaceable protest, then they need to be allowed to do this.”
Requested flat-out whether or not he thought the president was racist — or “the least racist man alive” — his former marketing campaign supervisor stated: “I I had the privilege of standing and sitting subsequent to candidate Trump — and now the president— for 1000’s of hours over my tenure operating his marketing campaign. By no means, ever, ever did I ever hear him utter a racist phrase in his life. Ever.”
Cohen jokingly fired again, “If he was a racist, why would he transfer right into a black man’s home?”
“That’s the folks’s home,” Lewandowski stated. “The president doesn’t take a look at race — by no means has. It’s a non-issue to him.”
Cohen additionally interviewed former Milwaukee County sheriff David Clarke for this week’s episode, however he largely stored his cool, as effectively.
“It should be stated, following tonight’s ‘Who’s America’: When Sacha Baron Cohen’s marks — Corey Lewandowski and Sheriff David Clarke tonight — fail to take his bait, the present falls utterly flat,” tweeted LA Occasions columnist Michael Hiltzik.
“Sacha Baron Cohen tried to get Corey Lewandowski and Sheriff Joe Clark,” one other consumer added, “however they have been too sensible to fall for his shenanigans.”