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Palin says she was duped by Sacha Baron Cohen in ‘interview’

Former Republican vice presidential candidate says actor of 'Borat' fame was disguised as a disabled veteran

Sarah Palin speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 8, 2014. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images/AFP)
Sarah Palin speaks during the 41st annual Conservative Political Action Conference held in National Harbor, Maryland, on March 8, 2014. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images/AFP)

Sarah Palin says she was “duped.”

The former Republican vice presidential candidate said 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, the former Alaska governor wrote that 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 US veteran in a wheelchair.

“I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive [sic], sick ‘humor’ of the British ‘comedian’ Sacha Baron Cohen,” she wrote.

Sacha Baron Cohen arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party on March 4, 2018, in Beverly Hills, California. (Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

Palin said she sat through what she called a long interview full of “Hollywoodism’s disrespect and sarcasm” before she walked out.

Palin also claimed the production staff working on the show deliberately left her and her daughter at the wrong Washington DC airport, causing them to miss their flight home to Alaska.

She challenged Cohen and Showtime to donate proceeds from the show to a veterans’ charity.

Palin is not the only one to have fallen victim to Baron Cohen’s pranks — in a video Cohen shared Sunday on Twitter, former vice president Dick Cheney happily signs what the comedian calls a “waterboard kit” during what appears to be part of an interview.

Emails seeking comments from Cohen and Showtime have not been returned.

The show premieres on Sunday.

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