The Saturday rally was a gathering of "constitutionalist" factions like the Washington Three Percent, which, as NPR noted in an interview with its founder, is associated with "the far-right Patriot and militia movement" as well as other groups that extremism trackers have placed in the anti-government category.
He began singing a song crammed with lyrics reflecting far-right conspiracies and talking points: from the coronavirus being a hoax, to it being created in a Wuhan lab, through to the infamous "lock her up" chants directed at Hillary Clinton during the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
Captioning the now-viral video, Rex said: "Dressed as a hillbilly, Sasha Baron Cohen infiltrated a rally being held by "The Washington State Three Percenters" - a right wing militia group - and took over the stage".
The lyrics addressed former president Barack Obama, called out "mask wearers", called coronavirus the "Wuhan Flu", and was blatantly racist towards Chinese and Japanese people. Cohen then sang: "Sushi-eaters, what we gonna do?" with the crowd replying: "Inject them with the Wuhan flu!"
According to event organizers, Cohen initially disguised himself as the head of a political action committee that wanted to sponsor the rally. "Hillary Clinton what we gonna do/Lock her up like we used to do/W H O what we gonna do/Chop them up like the Saudis do". "Chop 'em up like the Saudis do", Baron Cohen sang.
"He came on stage disguised as the lead singer of the last band, singing a bunch of racist, hateful, disgusting shit", Blair wrote on Facebook after the stunt.
Cohen hasn't publicly commented on the prank yet, but we're guessing there's a good chance it'll find a place on his political satire TV series, Who Is America?. He brought his own security team who prevented organizers from kicking him off stage once he began singing and turning off the power to his microphone.
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As of June 26, 4,892 tests of incarcerated individuals had been conducted at the Faribault facility, with 206 tests positive. Almost 80 percent of the state's deaths are from congregate care making up 1,116 of the 1,417 total deaths.