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Joe Walsh Explains How He Was Duped By Sacha Baron Cohen Into Talking About Arming Pre-Schoolers

Yet another victim of Sacha Baron Cohen appeared on television to give publicity to the comedian’s new show describe how he was duped by the comedian: Joe Walsh, the former Illinois congressman turned talk radio host.

Cohen’s upcoming Showtime show — set to premier Sunday night — has buzzed with anticipation as a series of Cohen’s victims have come forward to decry his methods. Those include Sarah Palin, Dick Cheney, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, and more.

Walsh kicked off his interview with the obvious: Cohen is “a funny guy because he gets people to say stupid things.”

The former congressman confessed that he’s a fan of Borat, before adding that Cohen, “gets people to say stupid things because he lies to them.”

Walsh eplained that Showtime flew him to Washington D.C. to present him with an award for his support of Israel. He sat for a fake interview, where he was then asked to read a story off a TelePrompter about a four-year-old disarming a terrorist.

The trick was apparently to have Walsh say “that was an example of how Israel trains and arms preschool kids on how to use firearms, and boy shouldn’t we do that in America?”

Walsh said he thought to himself, “Well, this is kind of crazy, but it is Israel and Israel is strong on defense.”

“Did an alarm go off in your head, congressman?” CNN’s Michael Smerconish asked with a laugh.

“It did,” Walsh replied, “but it was too late.”

The former congressman said he found out later that he had been duped, and lawyered up.

Smerconish noted that while he’ll probably laugh at the Walsh segment of Cohen’s show, the comedian crossed a line by posing as a disabled veteran to dupe Palin.

“He’s a funny guy and what he did to me was funny and I’ll probably end up looking pretty stupid, but that’s OK, I’m a big boy,” Walsh said. “But you impersonate a disabled veteran? He did cross a line.”

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