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There’s already a lot to like about Sacha Baron Cohen’s new cinéma vérité show Who Is America, beginning with Cohen’s new look, a Fox News talking head with the volume turned up to 11. The satirist creates an image so ghastly, so oozing with toxic machismo, that it looks like a CGI image superimposed onto the background.

But it’s the content of a preview clip that has the internet buzzing. Cohen is able to persuade several Republican leaders and far-right zealots, including U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz, to get behind a policy which would be worse than the re-institution of forced child labor. Some of the thicker subjects even wind up promoting the idea with passionate speeches.

Does the GOP want to cause an unspeakable form of genocide? Probably not – the comic uses clever hypnotic tactics to dupe most of his prey. (At least two conservative hard-liners are clearly and disgustingly all-in, however.) It’s the stark ignorance and recklessness of the men parroting Cohen’s truly-evil character that sends chills from tailbone to top knot.

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"Golden Trump" statue at CPAC 2021 in Orlando, Florida

Screenshot from Bloomberg reporter William Turton's Twitter (@WilliamTurton)

The Conservative Political Action Conference, usually known as CPAC, is the annual gathering where Republican activists gather to flaunt their crazy. Now that the GOP is a subsidiary of Trump, of course, this includes worshipping the former president. And now they've taken that habit to its absurdly blasphemous conclusion.

Bloomberg reporter William Turton recorded video of the "golden Trump" statue — perhaps a reference to the “golden calf" episode from the Old Testament — at CPAC 2021 "America Uncanceled." And as Twitter caught fire, Mediaite culled some of the best social media responses.

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