Sunday, September 16, 2018

Make the desert bloom again

A review of a T-shirt with the text "Make Egypt Great Again"

This shirt is intended as parody, but it seems that Egypt really *does* support Donald Trump's bid for the U.S. presidency.

The Egyptian leadership favors Trump over Hillary Clinton, fearing that a Democratic victory will be a “catastrophe” for the region as it will “arouse” the Muslim Brotherhood and the Islamic State, an examination of the government press shows. Even though the Egyptian government has officially said it has “nothing to do with” the outcome of the election, there have been abundant statements made by Egyptian President Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sisi and senior officials that reflect the regime’s strong preference for the Republican challenger.

This is in stark contrast with Clinton, who is viewed with suspicion due to her past support for the protests against Hosni Mubarak’s regime and her disapproval of Al-Sisi’s ouster of the Muslim Brotherhood figure Muhammad Morsi in 2013. The government daily Al-Ahram claimed that Clinton’s personal aide, Huma Abedin, is a member of the Brotherhood and serves as Clinton’s liaison with the organization. Another newspaper, Al Watan, reported that Trump promised Al-Sisi to promote legislation designating the Muslim Brotherhood a terrorist organization.

Time to make Egypt great again, by giving them some disputed territories?
Who knows...

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