Sheriff Joe's Bizarre Baron Cohen Interview Airs

Senate candidate is tricked into NSFW answers
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 6, 2018 8:03 AM CDT
Sheriff Joe's Bizarre Baron Cohen Interview Airs
Former Maricopa County Sheriff and U.S. Senate candidate Joe Arpaio.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

"Sheriff" Joe Arpaio has previously acknowledged that he was one of the victims of Sacha Baron Cohen's new show, and the episode finally aired Sunday night. It is ... something. Cohen poses as Finnish YouTube celebrity OMGWhizzBoyOMG and asks Arpaio about guns, President Trump, and other issues all while unboxing a package of the small collectible figures known as Shopkins. This results in Arpaio at one point lecturing one of the figurines on the importance of gun ownership. "Delicious donut, you have to understand that you have to follow the Constitution and the law and allow people to have guns," says the former sheriff of Arizona's Maricopa County and current Senate candidate, per Business Insider. See the video here, but note that it contains crude language.

The crude language revolves around Arpaio political ally Trump. When Baron Cohen asks Arpaio if Trump ever had a "golden shower," Arpaio responds, "Wouldn't surprise me." And then comes the exchange that is getting the most attention. "If Donald Trump calls you up after this and says, 'Sheriff Joe, I want to offer you an amazing b--- job,' would you say yes?" To which Arpaio responds, "I may have to say yes." Arpaio has told the Arizona Republic that he's mad at himself for getting tricked and for going along even as the interview veered toward sex. "I started to get a little angry, a little sad, but I went through it," he said. (More Sacha Baron Cohen stories.)

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