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Sunday, 5 February 2017

The experience of Morsi in Egypt is a relevant case study for Trump -Douthat

NYT’s Ross Douthat believes Morsi’s brief tenure as Egypt’s president, and not Putin’s example from Russia, provides an appropriate case study for US President Donald Trump. “Nothing about Trumpian populism to date suggests that it has either the political skill or the popularity required to grind its opposition down. In which case, instead of Putin, the more relevant case study might be former President Mohamed Morsi of Egypt, the Muslim Brotherhood leader whose brief tenure was defined both by chronic self-sabotage and by the active resistance of the Egyptian bureaucracy and intelligentsia, which rendered governance effectively impossible. The Egyptian deep state’s sabotage of Morsi culminated in a coup. This is not my prediction for the Trump era. But what we’ve watched unfold with refugee policy suggests that chaos and incompetence are much more likely to define this administration than any kind of ruthless strength.”

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