Sacha Baron Co­hen fires back at Palin over new spe­cial

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Fun­ny­man Sacha Baron Co­hen has fired back at U.S. politi­cian Sarah Palin in char­ac­ter as the ‘vet­eran’ who duped her in an in­ter­view for his new show.

Co­hen’s Dr. Billy Wayne Rud­dick,

Jr. is de­mand­ing an apol­ogy from the for­mer Re­pub­li­can vice pres­i­den­tial can­di­date af­ter she claimed she was conned into tak­ing part in a “sick” skit for the co­me­dian’s Show­time se­ries Who Is Amer­ica?

Palin took to Face­book ear­lier this week to re­veal she was tricked into sit­ting down with Co­hen’s al­ter ego.

“Out of re­spect for what I was led to be­lieve would be a thought­ful dis­cus­sion with some­one who had served in uni­form, I sat through a long ‘in­ter­view’ full of Hol­ly­wood­ism’s dis­re­spect and sar­casm — but fi­nally had enough and lit­er­ally, phys­i­cally re­moved my mic and walked out,”

Palin wrote. “The dis­re­spect of our U.S. mil­i­tary and mid­dle-class Amer­i­cans via Co­hen’s for­eign com­men­taries un­der the guise of in­ter­view ques­tions was per­verse.”

She also al­leged that Co­hen’s pro­duc­tion team dropped her off at the wrong Wash­ing­ton, DC air­port af­ter the fake in­ter­view “know­ing we’d miss all flights back home to Alaska.”

Show­time bosses have yet to com­ment, but Co­hen has made a state­ment as Rud­dick, Jr.

“I am Dr. Billy Wayne Rud­dick, founder/ceo/ac­coun­tant of Truth­ and it was I that in­ter­viewed you,” he wrote, ad­dress­ing Palin. “I did NOT say I was a War Vet. I was in the ser­vice — not mil­i­tary, but United Par­cel, and I only fought for my coun­try once... When I shot a Mex­i­can who came onto my prop­erty. (Co­in­ci­den­tally, just like our Great Pres­i­dent, I was sadly pre­vented from join­ing the reg­u­lar army on ac­count of bone spurs bein dis­cov­ered in my testies).”

Co­hen, as Rud­dick, then mocked Palin for ques­tion­ing the au­then­tic­ity of for­mer Pres­i­dent Barack Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate and com­ments she made about be­ing able to see Rus­sia from her home in Alaska.

“I have al­ways ad­mired you for TELLING THE TRUTH about Obama’s birth cer­tifi­cate and the lo­ca­tion of Rus­sia,” he wrote. “But ma’am I do be­lieve you have been hit by a bulls— grenade and are now bleedin’ FAKE NEWS.

“You used to hunt the most dan­ger­ous an­i­mals in the coun­try, like wolves and peo­ple on wel­fare,” Rud­dick added. “So why hunt a fine cit­i­zen jour­nal­ist like my­self? I DE­MAND AN APOL­OGY.”

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