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Furious Sarah Palin reveals she was TRICKED by Sacha Baron Cohen when he pretended to be a wounded veteran to interview her for his new show 'Who Is America?'

  • Sarah Palin was interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series Who Is America? she revealed on Tuesday
  • Palin said that Cohen pretended to be a wounded veteran in a wheelchair for the interview and that she was duped into the sit-down
  • After she walked out of the interview, Palin said that the network purposely dropped her off at the wrong airport knowing that she could not get a flight 
  • She is now calling on Showtime, who is airing the program, its parent company CBS and Cohen to donate profits to a veterans group 
  • Multiple spokespersons for Showtime said that the network had no comment when contacted by DailyMail.com
  • Palin said that Piper, who was 16 at the time and presumably missed school due to the airport fiasco, thinks Cohen is a 'piece of s***'

By Chris Spargo For Dailymail.com

Published: 15:02 EDT, 10 July 2018 | Updated: 21:31 EDT, 10 July 2018

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Sacha Baron Cohen has done his best to avoid the spotlight and hide behind the characters he plays for almost 20 years, but that may be about to change.

Sarah Palin revealed on Tuesday that she was duped into filming an interview with Sacha Baron Cohen in Washington DC for his new series Who Is America?, completely unaware of the comedian's intentions.

She claims that Cohen disguised himself as a wounded veteran for the sit-down, and that to cap things off the production team knowingly dropped her and her daughter off at the wrong airport, knowing they would not be able to get a flight back to Alaska.

A source tells DailyMail.com that this all happened in November, and Palin was with her teenage daughter Piper at the time, who is still in high school.

Palin is now demanding that Showtime, the network that will air the show starting later this month, and Cohen donate all proceeds to a veterans group.

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Caught on film: Sarah Palin (above in DC the weekend of the interview with Cohen last November) was interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series This Is America she revealed on Tuesday
Caught on film: Sarah Palin (above in DC the weekend of the interview with Cohen last November) was interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series This Is America she revealed on Tuesday

Caught on film: Sarah Palin (above in DC the weekend of the interview with Cohen last November) was interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen for his new Showtime series This Is America she revealed on Tuesday

Assistant: Palin was joined on the trip by her teenage daughter Piper (pair above on the day of Palin's interview with Cohen)
Assistant: Palin was joined on the trip by her teenage daughter Piper (pair above on the day of Palin's interview with Cohen)

Assistant: Palin was joined on the trip by her teenage daughter Piper (pair above on the day of Palin's interview with Cohen)

'This "legit opportunity" to honor American Vets and contribute to a “legit Showtime historical documentary” was requested of me via a speakers bureau,' said Palin.

DailyMail.com has been told by a source that it was the American Programs Bureau that presented this opportunity to Palin, the same group who manages the likes of Larry King, Sean 'P Diddy' Combs, Sir Richard Branson and Mikhail Gorbachev, to name a few. 

'For my interview, my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all,' explained Palin.

'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, much to Cohen’s chagrin.'

She went on to state: 'The disrespect of our US military and middle-class Americans via Cohen’s foreign commentaries under the guise of interview questions was perverse.'

Then, after that, she and Piper were brought to the wrong airport.

'After refusing to take our calls to help get us out of the bind they’d put us in for three days, I wrote this off as yet another example of the sick nature that is media-slash-entertainment today,' said Palin of the experience.

She also informed Cohen that Piper thinks he is a 'piece of s***.' 

Palin then called on Cohen and Showtime to give back.

'Here is my challenge, shallow Sacha boy: go ahead - air the footage. Experience tells us it will be heavily edited, not pretty, and intended to humiliate,' said Palin.

Problem: Palin said that Cohen (above in March) pretended to be a wounded veteran  for the interview
Problem: Palin said that Cohen (above in March) pretended to be a wounded veteran  for the interview
Piper Palin
Piper Palin

Problem: Palin (right with Piper flying to DC) said that Cohen (left in March) pretended to be a wounded veteran for the interview

Autograph: Dick Cheney signs a gallon jug in the preview for the new series and then states: 'That¿s the first time I¿ve ever signed a waterboard'
Autograph: Dick Cheney signs a gallon jug in the preview for the new series and then states: 'That¿s the first time I¿ve ever signed a waterboard'

Autograph: Dick Cheney signs a gallon jug in the preview for the new series and then states: 'That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard'

'The challenge is to Cohen, CBS and Showtime: donate all proceeds to a charitable group that actually respects and supports American Vets. Mock politicians and innocent public personalities all you want, if that lets you sleep at night, but HOW DARE YOU mock those who have fought and served our country.' 

DailyMail.com reached out to Showtime, with a spokesperson saying that the network had no comment. 

The network teased Cohen's new show with a promo that aired for the first time on Monday and showed part of his interview with former vice president Dick Cheney.

In that preview he is seen autographing a platic gallon jug, which he hands back to Cohen before saying: 'That’s the first time I’ve ever signed a waterboard.'

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