Yesterday I posted a clip from Sacha Baron Cohen’s new show that showed Jason Spencer, a Republican Georgia state legislator, speaking and behaving vilely and ridiculously in a manner that has to be seen to be believed. He now faces calls to resign from his own party members in the legislature.
Spencer’s defense shows how fear can result in people doing things that to any reasonable person would seem utterly absurd.
“Sacha Baron Cohen and his associates took advantage of my paralyzing fear that my family would be attacked,” said Spencer, who added that he was told the techniques would deter “what I believed was an inevitable attack.”
Spencer told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution last week that he was considering legal action against the show’s producers, and he claimed they “took advantage of my fears that I would be attacked by someone” to persuade him to appear.
“They exploited my state of mind for profit and notoriety,” said Spencer, who said he was denied the chance to have final approval over what will air. “This media company’s deceptive and fraudulent behavior is exactly why President Donald Trump was elected.”
Cohen got Spencer to behave this way by posing as an Israeli counter-terrorism expert. In fact, as Allison Drager writes, Cohen has repeatedly duped Republicans to say bigoted and hateful things by exploiting their reflexive support for anything that Israel does.
One angle that seems to have baited Republicans into participating was no-holds-barred support for Israel.
Later in the season views will see Cohen create a fake pro-Israel award and give one to Walsh celebrating his commitment to the Jewish state. This event is one at which Cohen conned Sarah Palin and Roy Moore–yes that Roy Moore of Alabama pedophilia fame was also invited to Washington DC to receive a plaque.
David Frum, a neoconservative who was a speechwriter for George W. Bush and a fervent supporter of Israel who advocated for the wars that were started by him, is not amused by Cohen, saying “I’m really really not loving this game where @sachabaroncohen repeatedly takes advantage of people’s affection and respect for the State of Israel to deceive and humiliate them.”
Frum, by the way, despite his awful extreme right-wing record, is now of those embraced by the so-called ‘center’ merely because he dislikes Donald Trump.