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- Corey Lewandowski, the former manager of President Donald Trump’s campaign, was the latest target on Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical prank show, “Who Is America?”
- Cohen posed as a conspiracy theorist to question Lewandowski about race relations and fascism on the one-year anniversary of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
- Lewandowski said: “You don’t have to agree with people. You have to respect them. You can’t be attacking them.”
- Lewandowski also said that Trump wasn’t racist and that he had never heard the president “utter a racist word in his life.”
- Unlike other guests on the show, Lewandowski managed to avoid Cohen’s traps.
Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical prank show “Who Is America?” is now well known for getting conservative figures to humiliate themselves with relatively little prodding.
But Corey Lewandowski, the former manager of President Donald Trump’s campaign, largely managed to avoid implicating himself in his appearance on the latest episode of the show on Sunday.
Cohen posed as a conspiracy theorist named Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr. to question Lewandowski about whether Trump is racist and whether the president should choose a side between fascism and anti-fascism.
The episode aired on the one-year anniversary of the white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, where violent clashes with counterprotesters left one woman dead.
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) August 12, 2018
“With Charlottesville, where people attacked our president, why should the president pick a side between anti-fascists and fascists?” Cohen said. “He’s the president of all people.”
Lewandowski responded: “There is a place and a time to disagree with people everywhere, OK? You don’t have to agree with people. You have to respect them. You can’t be attacking them.”
“Exactly,” Cohen said. “You can’t be attacking honest, fascist people who just want to express their right to start a genocide. That is their right.”
Lewandowski was more cautious in his reply.
“Look, I don’t know about that, but what I do know is this: If the law says that people can do a peaceful protest, then they should be allowed to do that,” he said.
Lewandowski later defended Trump against accusations of racism, saying race was “a non-issue to him.”
“Never, ever, ever did I ever hear him utter a racist word in his life. Ever,” Lewandowski said of Trump.
— Sacha Baron Cohen (@SachaBaronCohen) August 13, 2018
Cohen peppered the segment with sly digs – for instance, when he introduced Lewandowski, his name appeared on the screen with a Confederate flag background.
Lewandowski also wasn’t fazed by Cohen’s wild conspiracy theory that PBS is owned by the “Rastafarian lobby,” which he claimed was behind “a lot of the major military decisions of the last 30 years,” including the invasion of Iraq.
“The invasion of Iraq was because the Rastafarian lobby, their leader, Gen. Robert Marley, suggested that they had – they developed over 45,000 Buffalo soldiers, these dreadlocked Rastas who were marching through Africa into the heart of America, and then the plan was to take them into Iraq,” Cohen said.
But Lewandowski wasn’t convinced. “I don’t know if that qualifies as conclusive evidence,” he said. “I’ve never seen that before.”
Previous guests on the show have been more amenable to going along with the antics of Cohen’s characters. The Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer resigned after screaming the N-word and exposing himself in a segment, and former Vice President Dick Cheney autographed a “waterboard kit” for Cohen.