Joe Arpaio says he was duped by Sacha Baron Cohen

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He goes on: "I don't need Sacha Cohen to tell me who America is", adding, "As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime series is created to do".

TV prankster Sacha Baron Cohen has fired a return salvo in his war of words with Sarah Palin.

According to Palin, the noted FOX News personality had been lured all the way from the wilds of Alaska to the ostensible safety of Washington, D.C., where she was compelled to sit for an interview with a wounded USA military veteran who she later came to believe was actually a heavily-disguised Sacha Baron Cohen sitting in a wheelchair, a thing that could happen to literally anyone.

Palin took to Facebook to air her rage at Cohen in a lengthy screed on Tuesday.

Palin, the 2008 USA vice-presidential candidate, says she was tricked into an interview, ostensibly about American veterans, by a person dressed as a disabled US serviceman.

Showtime has no comment. "I was in the service - not military, but United Parcel". "But ma'am, I do believe you have been hit by a bulls-t grenade and are bleeding fake news".

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"You used to hunt the most risky animals in the country, like wolves and people on welfare", the statement concluded.

"For my interview", Palin said, "my daughter and I were asked to travel across the country where Cohen (I presume) had heavily disguised himself as a disabled US Veteran, fake wheelchair and all".

"Out of respect for what I was led to believe would be a thoughtful discussion with someone who had served in uniform, I sat through a long "interview" full of Hollywoodism's disrespect and sarcasm - but finally had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out", Palin wrote.

The comedian retweeted a new Twitter account that's apparently his new "citizen journalist" character, "Billy Wayne Ruddick Jr., PhD".

"I DEMAND an APOLOGY", Sacha ended the letter.

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