'Who is America?': Sacha Cohen Baron uses 'pedophile detecting wand' on Roy Moore
After removing lawmaker Jason Spencer from his seat, looks like the comedian has his sight on the Republican who lost Alabama Senate seat amid sexual allegation charges.
Sacha Baron Cohen has already ensnared several politicians on his Showtime series 'Who is America?' But probably Sunday night's episode was the tensest as he interviewed former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was to be Baron's latest prey in the satirical comedy show.
Cohen, in character as an anti-terror expert from Israel, Gen. Erran Morad, told Moore that Israel has developed a machine that can be used to detect pedophiles in schools and playgrounds. Cohen explained, "The wand alerts the law enforcement and the schools within a 100-mile radius...It turns out that sex offenders and particularly pedophiles secrete an enzyme. So the phrase ''sweating like a rapist'' is actually based on science."
He explains to a rather tense looking Moore that the wand would probably not beep on them as none of them were sexual offenders.
However, when Cohen waved the wand in front of Moore, it beeped. Cohen immediately took the wand away from him and said, "It must be faulty." Although Cohen attempted a couple more times, the wand kept beeping every time it was waved in front of Moore. In order to ease things down, he asked Moore if he had lent his jacket to someone. Moore refused and said that he had been married for almost 33 years, and had never been accused of any such things.
Hopefully, the only context in which we hear about Roy Moore again will be to remind everyone that the @GOP supported him financially and that @POTUS gave him a seal of approval. Other than that, #NoMoore ever again, please.— Mike Levin (@MikeLevinCA) December 28, 2017
Probably, Moore would like to re-think his statement. In December 2017, nine women lodged complaints of sexual harassment against Moore, among whom were three who said they were teenagers when they were sexually harassed by Moore.
However, Moore denied any such allegations. In a statement carried out by Washington Post, he claimed, "These allegations are completely false and are a desperate political attack by the National Democrat Party and the Washington Post on this campaign...this garbage is the very definition of fake news.”
He had also filed a lawsuit against the nine women in April 2018, alleging they were the part of a "political conspiracy" to put him off the 2017 US Senate Campaign in Alabama.
The 71-year-old Republican was defeated at the Senate race by the Democrat Doug Jones, who came under the spotlight after he prosecuted two Ku Klux Klan members. Moore's defeat was a major blow to newly elected US President Donald Trump, and made Jones the first Democrat in a decade to win any statewide office in Alabama. Moore's ride has been downhill ever since. During the interview with Cohen, he refused to sit through the entire interview. Before walking away from the interview he said, "Certainly, I'm not a pedophile...Maybe Israeli technology hasn't developed properly...I support Israel, I don't support this kind of stuff."
Following former vice presidential candidate, Sarah Palin's, diatribe against the show, Moore released a statement: "I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another...As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits!' he added. 'It's been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I'm ready to defend her again!"
Cohen's show 'Who is America?' has garnered eyeballs and controversy by bringing out some of the most unanticipated characteristics of politicians. While the first three episodes have included Republicans, Cohen also caused uproar when he tricked residents of Kingman, Arizona, into believing that some investors wanted to build a mosque in their community.
One of the Republicans, Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer, had to resign from his seat following his misconduct on the show. Cohen also got former vice president Dick Cheney to sign a fake "waterboard kit" and convinced several Republican politicans to endorse a fake program to arm toddlers.
Watch the clip from the show below: