Did former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak step down from office in February under pressure from the threat of a US bombing campaign?
That’s apparently what American political commentator Ann Coulter thinks – or rather, what she thought as of Friday night.
The conservative pundit made the erroneous remarks about US military intervention in the Arab world’s most populous nation while appearing as a guest on HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher Friday.
Coulter also mistakenly proclaimed that the American government was currently engaged in bombing of both Libya and Egypt.
There were, of course, no bombs dropped on Egypt before, during, or after the January revolution.
Mubarak stepped down from office on February 11 in the face of widespread public anger on the streets of Egypt. Millions of protesters descended on Cairo’s Tahrir Square during the 18-day uprising, eventually delegitimizing the former leader's government, which was widely viewed as autocratic and corrupt.
Maher and other panelists, however, quickly corrected Coulter.
The Broward/Palm Beach New Times reports:
There was talk of war, and supporting wars. Then Coulter asked Maher, "What do you think about Libya and Egypt?"
"What about them?" asked Maher.
"Are you in favor of us intervening in those countries for purposes of regime change?"
"First of all, I didn't think we were intervening in Egypt," said Maher.
"Well, dropping bombs or something!" pleaded Coulter.
The panel, including Chris Hayes of The Nation and MSNBC, erupted in protest. "No, not in Egypt!" Coulter was like the school kid who gave the wrong answer and was obnoxiously called out in unison by her wiseass classmates.
Maher clarified, "No Egypt. No Egypt bombs, no. Just Libya bombs."
"But we were threatening to which is why Mubarak left!" argued Coulter.
"No, we never threatened. No, no," said Maher.
Coulter gave up the fight at that point.
Hat Tip: the Pulp