Corey Lewandowski avoided getting tricked by Sacha Baron Cohen posing as a white nationalist
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- Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is the latest target on Sacha Baron Cohen's satirical prank show "Who is America?"
- Cohen posed as a conspiracy theorist who questioned Lewandowski about race relations and fascism on the anniversary of the Charlottesville white supremacist march.
- Lewandowski said that you have to respect "everyone."
- Lewandowski also said that Trump wasn't racist and that he had never heard the president "utter a racist word in his life."
- Compared to other guests on the show, Lewandowski managed to avoid Baron's traps.
Sacha Baron Cohen's show "Who is America?" is now infamous for getting conservative figures to humiliate themselves with apparently little prodding. But former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski largely managed to avoid implicating himself in his appearance on the show on Sunday.
Baron Cohen posed as conspiracy theorist Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr as he questioned Lewandowski over whether the president is racist, and whether the president should choose a side between fascism and anti-fascism.
The episode aired on the one-year anniversary of the Charlottesville white supremacist demonstration, when crowds of far-right and white supremacist protesters marched on the town and violent clashes with counter-protestors left one woman dead.
"With Charlottesville, where people attacked our president, why should the president pick a side between anti-fascists and fascists? He's the president of all people," Cohen asked.
In response, Lewandowski said that everyone should be respected: "There is a place and a time to disagree with all people, everywhere, OK? You don't have to agree with people. You have to respect them, you can't be attacking them."
Baron Cohen continued: "Exactly, you can't be attacking honest, fascist people who just want to express their right to start a genocide. That is their right."
"Look, I don't know about that … but what I do know is this: If the law says that people can do a peaceful protest, then they should be allowed to do that," Lewandowski replied.
Lewandowski defended Trump against accusations of racism and said the president has never looked at race. "It's a non-issue to him."
"Never, ever, ever did I ever hear him utter a racist word in his life. Ever," he said.
Baron Cohen peppered the show with sly digs. When introducing Lewandowski, his name appeared on the screen with a confederate flag background.
Lewandowski wasn't swayed by Baron Cohen's wild conspiracy theory that PBS is owned by the "Rastafarian lobby" which he claimed was behind "a lot of the major military decisions of the last 30 years," including the invasion of Iraq.
"The invasion of Iraq as because the Rastafarian lobby, their leader, Gen. Robert Marley suggested that they had - they developed over 45,000 Buffalo soldiers. These dreadlocked Rastas who were marching through Africa into the heart of America, and then the plan was to take them into Iraq," Baron Cohen said.
But Lewandowski wasn't convinced: "I don't know if that qualifies as conclusive evidence. I've never seen that before."
Previous guests have been more amenable to going along with the antics of Baron Cohen's characters. Georgia state lawmaker Jason Spencer resigned after screaming the N-word and exposing himself on the show, and former Vice President Dick Chaney autographed a "waterboard kit" for Baron Cohen.
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