How an American right-wing conspiracy theory made its way to Egypt

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Egyptian protesters pelted Hillary Clinton’s motorcade with tomatoes and shoes earlier this week because they believed that the US has been covertly supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. But where would they get such a ridiculous notion?

“GlennBeckistan!” was the answer Rachel Maddow gave on Tuesday’s The Rachel Maddow Show. She pointed to reports that Egyptian protesters have gotten their information about the Clinton-Muslim Brotherhood connection from, among other sources, self-described “rodeo clown” Glenn Beck, anti-Islamic demagogue Frank Gaffney, and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann.

“I’m not just theorizing that this where they are getting this stuff from,” Maddow said. That’s where they say they are getting this stuff from,” Maddow said.

Indeed, according to the New York Times, “an Egyptian-American Christian who met Mrs. Clinton on Sunday cited recent claims by Representative Michele Bachmann, a Republican, ‘that the Obama Administration is pursuing a closeted pro-Muslim agenda,’ in a conversation with Time magazine’s correspondent, Abigail Hauslohner.”

Michele Bachmann, Glenn Beck and Hillary Clinton

How an American right-wing conspiracy theory made its way to Egypt

Updated