In this May 22, 2018, file photo, former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio speaks during a campaign event in Phoenix. Cohen continued to press Arpaio, trying to get him to fall for another verbal trap, and succeeding in getting Arpaio to agree that if Trump called him and said, paraphrasing for crude language, Sheriff Joe, I want to offer you incredible oral sex, Arpaio replied, "I may have to say yes". And while the public is divided on whether Cohen's elaborate pranks are some sort of bizarro service journalism or just juvenile trolling - the bigwigs at Showtime believe it to be really good for the bottom line. Who Is America ratings have climbed since the surprise premiere but, even better, it's been on the lips and tweetin' fingertips of culture definers and is making headlines all over cable news.
At that time, Arpaio said that he'd consider legal action against Cohen if the clip itself turned out to be unflattering or defamatory against him.
"I may have to say yes", Arpaio replies. Arpaio clearly heard Cohen say that, but continued with the interview anyway, where things took a turn toward the kinky when Cohen began asking Arpaio questions about Donald Trump and their relationship with each other.
If you've been watching Sacha Baron Cohen's new Showtime series Who Is America? then you are already familiar with the extent of his trickery to conduct debasing interviews with some of our country's leading lawmakers.
The show also features Arpaio arguing with a plastic Shopkins toy - an anti-firearms "D'lish Doughnut".
"I started to get a little angry, a little sad, but I went through it", he said.
The former lawman announced in January that he meant to run for US Senate - though he might find his credibility rattled once again after being embarrassed by Baron Cohen.
Cohen, who has duped an array of politicians with his schtick on his Showtime series "Who Is America?", played the part of a Finnish YouTube star in an episode that aired Sunday.