SC congressman Joe Wilson tricked into saying he backs giving guns to toddlers: ‘I was targeted’

SC congressman Joe Wilson tricked into saying he backs giving guns to toddlers: 'I was targeted'

In this screenshot of a clip from Sacha Baron Cohen’s new satirical show, U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, R-Springdale, appears to support a fake program to arm toddlers. Screenshot. A South Carolina congressman on Sunday appeared to endorse a program to arm toddlers as young as 3 with guns, but he claims it was all a setup. U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson is one of several lawmakers who were publicly pranked in the premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s new Showtime series "Who is America?" "A 3-year-old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it," Wilson says in the show’s debut. "Our founding fathers did not put an age limit on the Second Amendment," the Springdale Republican adds while sitting in his Washington office. Cohen, who is best-known for his role as Borat Sagdiyev in the move "Borat," addressed the lawmaker by transforming himself into fake Israeli "anti-terror expert" character Col. Erran Morad. During the segment, Cohen goes to Washington to discuss the fictitious "Kinderguardians" program to arm toddlers in preschools with guns. Wilson wasn’t the only D.C. lawmaker taken in. "You want me to say on television that I support 3- and 4-year-olds with firearms? Is that what you’re asking me to do?" Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz says. "Typically, members of Congress don’t just hear a story about a program and then indicate whether they support it or not." That’s when federal lawmakers, including Wilson, are seen seemingly endorsing the fake lobbying effort […]

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