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Donald Trump has a long and bizarre list of enemies.
And the latest name to be added to the filing cabinet is that of actor Sacha Baron Cohen.
The star is currently promoting his newest film, a sequel to 2005’s wildly popular Borat.
During filming of the follow-up, titled Borat Subsequent Moviefilm, Trump’s close ally Rudy Giluiani was targeted by the actor for a prank.
It resulted in Giluani allegedly being ‘surprised’ while alone in a room with Borat’s ‘daughter’, with the former New York mayor filmed asking for 24-year-old Maria Bakalova’s number and address.
On Trump's part, two days ago.
When reporters asked about the footage of Giluiani's embarrassing encounter with Borat, Trump claimed not to have watched it.
He did, however, call Baron Cohen a “creep” and a “phoney guy”.
Asked if he’s seen the #Borat2 footage and if he’s worried about security breaches, @POTUS replies: “I don’t know w… https://t.co/VZCwo7LVPY — Steve Herman (@Steve Herman)
“To me, he was a creep,” the president reportedly said.
“I don't know what happened,” he continued.
“But years ago, you know, [Baron Cohen] tried to scam me. And I was the only one who said no way.
“That's a phoney guy. And I don’t find him funny”.
In a tweet.
This weekend, the actor hit back at the president's jibes the best way he knows how: with humour.
Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat! I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world l… https://t.co/5hdgVw8FJF — Sacha Baron Cohen (@Sacha Baron Cohen)
“Donald—I appreciate the free publicity for Borat!,” he wrote, adding:
I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you. I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!
I admit, I don’t find you funny either. But yet the whole world laughs at you.
I’m always looking for people to play racist buffoons, and you’ll need a job after Jan. 20. Let’s talk!
People were tickled by the clapback.
Yooo😭 https://t.co/OLyxCcKoiI https://t.co/Rer0ytAWg5 — ᴜʀ ɢᴏ-ᴛᴏ ɢᴜʏ (@ᴜʀ ɢᴏ-ᴛᴏ ɢᴜʏ)
A strong jab for Baron Cohen.
Very nice. High Five. https://t.co/pxEfIPtojL — I'm Michael. (@I'm Michael.)
No; Baron Cohen's previously criticised Trump in the strongest possible terms, calling him an "overt fascist".
Earlier this month, while speaking to the The New York Timesabout why he decided to make a sequel to Borat, Baron Cohen highlighted the differences between 2020 and 2005.
“In 2005, you needed a character like Borat who was misogynist, racist, antisemitic to get people to reveal their inner prejudices," he said.
“Now those inner prejudices are overt. Racists are proud of being racists".
He added that Trump is “an overt racist, an overt fascist,’’ that “allows the rest of society to change their dialogue, too”.
Stay tuned for round three...