Activism

Egypt's Bassem Youssef Has a Word of Advice for the Trump Resistance Movement

The political satirist knows a thing or two about fighting an authoritarian government.

Photo Credit: The Late Show/YouTube

Bassem Youssef, host of Egypt's first political satire show, was overjoyed to see Stephen Colbert on Wednesday.

"Oh my God, I'm so happy," he exclaimed. "I'm not deported yet. It's amazing."

Youssef last appeared on "The Late Show" in July, one week after Donald Trump officially became the Republican Party's presidential nominee. Back then, the Egyptian satirist and physician had a fairly optimistic diagnosis for America. 

"America has the healthy body of democracy with a large orange mole on its ass," Colbert recalled Youssef saying. "What is your prognosis now?" 

Youssef didn't mince words.

"Here's my professional opinion, Stephen," he began. "Believe me, people should stop trying to diagnose the mole, because nobody understands the mole. It could be a benign mole, a malignant mole, a Russian mole. It could be any kind of mole, and I think we just have to focus on getting rid of the mole."

Youssef's own "Daily Show" of the Arab world was launched in response to the ousting of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak from power in 2011. It quickly became Egypt’s most popular show of all time, with 30 million views per episode. A federal arrest warrant issued for Youssef caused the satirist to end the program three years later. 

Youssef's new book, "Revolution for Dummies," is out next Tuesday.

Watch:

Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

Sign Up!
Get AlterNet's Daily Newsletter in Your Inbox
+ sign up for additional lists
[x]
Select additional lists by selecting the checkboxes below before clicking Subscribe:
Activism
Drugs
Economy
Education
Election 2018
Environment
Food
Media
World