Republican congressman is still touting fake pro-Israel award from Sacha Baron Cohen

Weeks after the con was revealed, Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) doesn't seem to have caught on yet.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA)
Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA), at a 2017 hearing. (PHOTO CREDIT: Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

As part of his effort to trick conservative activists and lawmakers into embarrassing themselves on his Showtime series Who is America?, Sacha Baron Cohen presented a fake pro-Israel award to an array of political figures called “70 at 70.” On behalf of a non-existent Israeli outlet called “Yerushalayim Television,” Cohen’s team told its unsuspecting victims (and some more rightly skeptical marks) they were being honored for their “significant contributions to the State of Israel.” But weeks after the ruse was revealed, it appears that Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) still doesn’t realize he was duped.

The first episode of the series aired in mid-July and caused a national stir. Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL), 2008 Republican Vice Presidential Nominee Sarah Palin (R-AK), former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore (R), former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS), and current Representatives Joe Wilson (R-SC) and Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) were all revealed to be among Cohen’s victims. Last week, a Georgia state representative resigned after being shown on the program dropping his pants and shouting a racial slur.


Despite all this national news, ThinkProgress discovered on Friday that Rep. Perry’s campaign site actually lists the fake award among the third-term congressman’s awards.

CREDIT: Scott Perry campaign page screenshot
CREDIT: Scott Perry campaign page screenshot

Alongside his 2018 “True Blue Award” from the anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council and his 2010 Leadership Award from the Republican Party of Pennsylvania, Perry lists the fake prize — incorrectly listing it as “70 for 70″ on his “Awards and Recognition” page.

This is not the first time Perry has demonstrated that he has a hard time telling reality from fiction. Last October, he falsely accused CNN’s Chris Cuomo of inventing the Puerto Rico crisis and in January he promoted a bogus conspiracy theory from InfoWars that ISIS had something to do with last year’s mass shooting in Las Vegas.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story incorrectly identified CNN’s Chris Cuomo as Andrew Cuomo. The typo has been corrected.