I’m glad the Muslim Brotherhood is out of power in Egypt. From the inception of the 2011 protests against Hosni Mubarak, we warned that western media, particularly the NY Times and its writer Roger Cohen, misunderstood the threat of Islamist supremacy in the revolution.
We were right, although the ability of the opposition to coalesce over a year later was a surprise, as was the military’s willingness to get involved. It was the economy, stupid, and the MB’s overreaching.
That said, you can’t ignore the fact that Mohamed Morsi was the duly elected President of Egypt. Call it a coup d’état or whatever you want, at least admit what just happened even if you like the result.
Around the time Morsi was removed yesterday, I sent out a tweet listing respective percentage wins of Morsi and Obama in the 2012 elections which placed each of them in their presidencies.
Morsi won 51.73%-48.27%, Obama
— Legal Insurrection (@LegInsurrection) July 3, 2013
The reactions are below, but first, a quick poll, Was that an anti-Obama Tweet? (Poll closes midnight Pacific time tonight)
There were some humorous reactions:
— PRAYER WARRIOR (@cstew377) July 3, 2013
— Jerry Skurnik (@PrimeNewYork) July 3, 2013
And also reactions from people who I think understood the point:
— Sana Saeed (@SanaSaeed) July 3, 2013
Next up: Supreme Leader Mitt Romney RT @LegInsurrection: Morsi won 51.73%-48.27%, Obama 51.1%-47.2%
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) July 3, 2013
But mostly defensiveness and “but Bush” complaints (including directed at Ben Smith of Buzzfeed for retweeting my tweet):
— Karen J (@KaJo503) July 3, 2013
George W. had even smaller margin, right? RT @LegInsurrection: Morsi won 51.73%-48.27%, Obama
— Mansoor (@MansoorKhadir) July 3, 2013
*sips tea* RT @LegInsurrection: Morsi won 51.73%-48.27%, Obama
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) July 3, 2013
@LegInsurrection Log off.
— Velvet Punderground (@goy_division) July 3, 2013
and of course the obligatory “dog whistle” claim:
— Industry Rule 4080 (@IndRule4080) July 3, 2013
— Chris McCarthy (@ChrisMc280376) July 3, 2013
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