(FOX 46 WJZY) - Republican lawmakers, including South Carolina U.S. Rep. Joe Wilson, appeared to endorse a program on Sacha Baron Cohen's new show Who is America? to arm toddlers with guns.
The South Carolina congressman spoke with The Post and Courier on Sunday and claims it was all a setup. Wilson claims he is one of several lawmakers who were publicly pranked for the premiere of Cohen's new Showtime series.
Wilson is seen sitting in his Washington office saying, "A 3-year-old cannot defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it. Our founding fathers did not put an age limit on the Second Amendment."
The clip features several D.C. lawmakers discussing the fictitious "Kinderguardians" program that aims to arm toddlers in preschools with guns. Watch the clip here:
Cohen, best known for his role in the movie Borat, transformed himself into a fake Israeli "anti-terror expert" character Col. Erran Morad for the new Showtime series. He asked several lawmakers their stance on the fictitious "Kinderguardians" program.
"I support the Kinderguardians program. We in America would be wise to implement it too. It's something we should think about in America. By putting guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, good guys, whether they be teachers or whether they actually be talented children or highly trained preschoolers," Former Senate Majority Leader (R) Trent Lott said in the video.
"Maybe having young people trained and understand how to defend themselves in their school might actually make us safer here," Congressman (R) - CA Rep. Dana Rohrabacher said.
"The intensive three week Kinderguardians course introduces specially selected children from 12 to 4-years-old to pistols, rifles, semi-automatics, and rudimentary knowledge of mortars," former Congressman (R) - IL Joe Walsh said.
The topic of gun control continues to be a hot-button issue as more mass shootings occur, and Cohen's prank may raise further questions about how closely politicians analyze the policies they endorse.