Baron Cohen's stunts have landed him in court before, and Moore is threatening to file a lawsuit depending on how Who Is America? portrays him.
Van Cleave isn't the only high-profile American who has fallen for one of Sacha's Who Is America? pranks - politician Sarah Palin walked out of a bogus interview with a man she thought was a USA war veteran called Dr. Billy Wayne Ruddick, Jr.
In the first episode, Baron Cohen's radio journalist persona is shown dining at the home of two Trump supporters in SC and regaling them with lurid stories about his supposed family.
"It's something we should think about in America, by putting guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens, good guys, whether they be teachers, or whether they actually be talented children or highly-trained preschoolers", Lott said on the program. They don't worry if it's politically correct to shoot a mentally deranged gunman, they'll just do it.
He then holds a gun wrapped in a stuffed dog and says: 'Just keep in mind to point Puppy Pistol's mouth at the middle of the bad man'.
Gunman reportedly opens fire outside Los Angeles-area Trader Joe's
No officers were injured. "We can confirm that there is an active barricaded suspect within a #TraderJoes in #Silverlake". Aerial video shot from a helicopter showed armed officers carrying shields and a man walking out with his hands up.
"A 3-year-old can not defend itself from an assault rifle by throwing a Hello Kitty pencil case at it", says Rep. Joe Wilson (R-SC). "This is insane. They should be arming the children", Cohen as Morad says, before introducing his (fake) new program called "Kinderguardians".
"In less than a month, a first grader can become a first grenader", Walsh says. At the end of the video, he recites language that's apparently from a teleprompter citing fake facts that include the misused names of pop culture figures like Cardi B, Rita Ora and Blink-182. While reading his endorsement into the camera, he adds that children can process images quicker than adults, "meaning that, essentially like owls, they can see in slow motion". The clip is very reminiscent of Cohen's days on Da Ali G Show, from the larger-than-life character he plays to the deadpan awkwardness of his interviews. Congressman-turned-radio host and well-known Twitter dunce Joe Walsh cuts a professional commercial-worthy testimony in support of the idea, signing off with "Happy shooting, kids".
"Imagine if Sacha Baron Cohen had been undercover secretly filming a new show for a year", a promo video for the series said.
Cohen's new Showtime series made headlines before its premier on Sunday when it was revealed earlier this week that disgraced US Senate candidate Roy Moore and former Vice President Dick Cheney were targets.