British comedian and long-time Trump troll Sacha Baron Cohen appears to be taking aim at his old adversary with a mysterious new video clip posted from his Twitter account.
The video, titled “A Message from Donald Trump,” shows previously unseen footage of the US president, apparently filmed before he took office in January 2017, slamming Baron Cohen and threatening violence against him.
“This third-grade character named Sacha Baron Cohen, I only wish that he would’ve been punched in the face so many times. Right now, he’d be in a hospital,” Trump says, sitting in his New York office in Trump Tower, although it’s unclear if the audio is a mashup of some real footage and other sound clips.
“It was disgraceful. He ought to be fired immediately,” Trump continues, possibly referring to an interview Baron Cohen did with Trump in 2003.
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) July 4, 2018
“Sacha Baron Cohen, go to school! Learn about being funny. You don’t know shit,” he appears to say.
Suggesting the video may be a preview for a new project from Baron Cohen, the video ends with the text, “Sacha graduates soon,” appearing on the screen followed by the real logo for Trump University.
It is not the first time that Baron Cohen has tangled with The Donald.
His 2016 film “The Brothers Grimsby,” an espionage comedy in which chaos ensues after a dimwitted soccer hooligan reunites with his long lost MI6 assassin brother, involves a major plot twist in which Trump contracts HIV. Baron Cohen has said that audiences gave the scene a standing ovation in cinemas.
Promoting the film in 2016, Baron Cohen, appearing on James Corden’s the “Late Late Show,” recalled when he interviewed Trump 13 years ago. (It wasn’t exactly Baron Cohen who conducted the interview, but rather alter ego Ali G., his satirical rapper-wannabe character.)
“How did that go?” Corden asked Baron Cohen as he held up a photo from Da Ali G. Show interview.
“Well, I was the first person to realize he was a dick,” answered the comedian.
The interview was part of an episode in which Ali G. was trying to start an “ice cream glove” business. In his bid to get the fictional enterprise off the ground, he sought advice from a number of high profile business barons.
The conceit of “Da Ali G. Show” was that the famous people brought on for interviews did not know ahead of time that Ali G. wasn’t a genuine person. In some cases, the interviewees caught on quickly, and in others they remained clueless for most or all of the conversation.
It appears that it did not take Trump too long to figure out that it was unlikely that Ali G. was a real businessman, though it isn’t entirely clear that he got the ruse in its entirety. In any case, Trump did lose patience with hearing about Ali G.’s scheme to manufacture and market an specialized glove that would not only prevent ice cream from melting onto your hand and making it sticky, but would also keep your fingers warm while you ate the cold stuff.