Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen held a press conference yesterday in full costume as his character from his upcoming film The Dictator, Admiral General Shabazz Aladeen, leader of the made up North African nation of Wadiya. The fictional despot was asked to make an endorsement in the presidential race.
“If it was money that I was giving, I support and I give my full support to Mitchell Romney,” Mr. Cohen, er, Mr. Aladeen said. “He has the makings of a great dictator. He is incredibly wealthy, but pays no taxes and it’s not much of a leap to go from firing people to firing squads, and from putting pets on the top of a car to putting political dissidents on the top of them. He taught me how to do that.”
Mr. Aladeen prefaced his endorsement of Mr. Romney by saying he would have supported other presidential candidates if the primaries turned out differently or if he was planning to start a U.S. political career.
“I would say Santorum despite his liberal views, but since he is out of the running, I don’t know. In terms of policies, I would have to say the Republicans, if they could only become a little less extreme,” Mr. Aladeen said. “In terms of getting into power in America, I would have to support the Democrats. If they can enable a Kenyan to become president than why not a Wadiyan?”
Mr. Aladeen said the purpose of his press conference was to raise awareness about a “global human tragedy.”
“Today, I wish to highlight the plight of a terribly endangered group, the innocent victims of a global human tragedy–dictators,” Mr. Aladeen said. “In recent years, tyrants all over the world have fallen one by one; Saddam, Kim Jong Il, Gaddafi and Oprah.”
However, Mr. Aladeen said there’s at least one dictator who’s still going strong.
“Thankfully, there are still some supporters of dictatorships. On behalf of my dear friend and doubles tennis partner, President Assad of Syria, I want to thiank the United Nations for their brave inaction over Syria,” Mr. Aladeen said. “Thirteen months and still no security council resolution. You guys are amazing! You have done next to nothing for the Syrian people, but remember you can always do less.”
Watch a video of Mr. Aladeen’s press conference below.