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Sarah Palin inadvertently promotes Sacha Baron Cohen's mysterious new TV series

British comedian Sacha Baron Cohen has a mysterious new show about America on Showtime, and it's sure to fit in nicely with the current political climate by trolling politicians who hit their apex years ago. On Tuesday, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R) revealed that, like former Vice President Dick Cheney, she had been "duped" by Cohen. "I join a long list of American public personalities who have fallen victim to the evil, exploitive, sick 'humor' of the British 'comedian,'" Palin wrote on Facebook.

Palin said she and one of her daughters flew to Washington to participate in what they thought was a “legit Showtime historical documentary," only to be disrespectfully and sarcastically interviewed by a fake, "heavily disguised," and apparently disabled U.S. veteran she now presumes to be Cohen. Finally, she said, she'd "had enough and literally, physically removed my mic and walked out, much to Cohen's chagrin." Cohen, presumably, is actually quite pleased with the free publicity for his show, which debuts Sunday. Cheney, it seems from a teaser Cohen posted Sunday, at least seems to have been in on the joke.

Or perhaps Cheney was duped, too. Cohen, 45, is best known for his turns as Borat, Brüno, Ali G., and as the voice of the animated lemur King Julien.