Sacha Baron Cohen‘s The Dictator character Admiral General Aladeen has backed Mitt Romney in the US presidential race.
Speaking in character at a press conference in New York, he gave his support for Barack Obama‘s Republican challenger.
Aladeen said: “I would [have said] Rick Santorum despite his liberal views. Since he is out of the running, I don’t know. In terms of policies, I would have said the Republicans if they could only become a little less extreme. I mean, there are some real double standards. What people call genocide in my country is called the judicial system in Texas.”
The former leader of fictional North African country the Republic Of Wadiya added: “In terms of getting into power in America, I would have to support the Democrats. If they can enable a Kenyan to become president, then why not a Wadiyan?”
Of Republican candidate Romney, he added:
If it was money I was giving, I would support and give my full support to Mitchell Romney. He has the makings of a great dictator! He is incredibly wealthy, but pays no taxes. It’s not much of a leap from firing people to firing squads, from putting pets on top of cars to putting political dissidents on top of cars.
He then expressed disappointment about the international community’s treatment of dictators in recent years: “Dictators have fallen one by one: Saddam Kim Jong-Il, Gaddafi… and Oprah.”
The Dictator co-stars Ben Kingsley and Anna Faris and is released in the UK on May 16. Watch the trailer below.