In a statement Thursday, the former Republican Senate hopeful said he was tricked into participating in Mr. Cohen’s upcoming series “Who is America?” after he was invited to accept an award for his “strong support of Israel.”
“I did not know Sacha Cohen or that a Showtime TV series was being planned to embarrass, humiliate, and mock not only Israel, but also religious conservatives such as Sarah Palin, Joe Walsh and Dick Cheney,” Mr. Moore said. “I am involved in several court cases presently to defend my honor and character against vicious false political attacks by liberals like Cohen. If Showtime airs a defamatory attack on my character, I may very well be involved in another.”
The former Alabama Supreme Court chief justice lost a special election in December to now-Democratic Sen. Doug Jones after multiple women accused him of sexual misconduct.
“As for Mr. Cohen, whose art is trickery, deception, and dishonesty, Alabama does not respect cowards who exhibit such traits! It’s been a long time since I fought for my country in Vietnam. I’m ready to defend her again!” Mr. Moore said.
“As an Alabamian, I believe in truth and honesty, which the shadowy media groups behind this illicit scheme do not,” he continued. “Obviously, people like Cohen who mock not only Israel but those who support Israel and the principles upon which America is based, do not share my beliefs.
“As an American, I would never hide my identity and deceive others only to mock and ridicule them as this Showtime Series is designed to do,” he said. “America is not only about being proud but about being brave and standing for what we believe.”
Mr. Moore is the latest conservative to say they were pranked by Mr. Cohen.
The first episode of “Who is America?” is set to air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET this Sunday, and debut on streaming, online and on demand Sunday at midnight.
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