Rep. Rohrabacher’s Statement on Bogus Showtime Interview
WASHINGTON – Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Monday responded to false news presented in a segment of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime television show in which he purported to show the congressman endorsing a fictional Israeli program to teach kindergarteners how to use guns. This is his statement:
Cohen’s people apparently used footage from an interview I submitted to earlier this year for a bogus Israeli television company supposedly celebrating the country’s 70th anniversary. In that interview, which was not with Cohen, I spoke broadly of training young people at a responsible age in self-defense. At no time did I endorse training toddlers in handling guns. Nor was the idea even presented to me directly. If it had been, I would have rejected it. In school shootings, the standard response is “Run, hide, fight,” in that order. My response was perfectly consistent with that. I love good satire, but good satire must reveal some basis in truth. This was fraud, a sick fraud at that, and its intention was to deceive the American people for political purposes.