Rep. Matt Gaetz is a young Congressman and vocal Trump supporter. If you were a celebrity douche, I can see why you’d think he’d be an easy target. As Sacha Baron Cohen did. Which, as an aside, I can’t be the only wrestling fan who keeps calling him Sacha Baron Corbin.
Back to Gaetz, Corbin Cohen tried to trick the Congressman while filming for his failing show on Showtime (see also PHOTO: Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Out Pranked on Los Angeles Billboard and Sacha Baron Cohen Gets Busted by California Gun Store Owner). As Gaetz explained to TMZ, better luck next time, Sacha.
We got the Florida Representative Thursday at Reagan National Airport, and asked how he managed to avoid being duped like several of his Republican peers … who shockingly read a fake PSA calling for school children to be armed.
Gaetz says he’ll never let a teleprompter do him in.
Gaetz tells us he’s still disappointed in himself for not recognizing Cohen in makeup, because he missed a chance to whip out his own Borat impressions to the man himself.
He also has some advice for folks, like Sarah Palin, who are complaining about getting played.
Congressman’s Gaetz response for how to respond to these things should be required viewing for most of the right-wing political world. Heck, for all of the political world. Overreacting and claiming offense does nothing but makes you look worse and gives the offender exactly what they want: your butthurt emotions. If you got duped, admit you got duped. Have a laugh, move on. It’s a far more effective response than “OMG, I CAN’T BELIEVE HE DID THAT TO ME.”
Though getting outed isn’t always as “fun” as a prank. When you’re a journalist called out for being an activist, it’s a bit harder to walk away with your dignity.