According to a handful of very certain Republicans, the entire American political process is under siege by the Muslim Brotherhood.
That’s right — President Obama, Hillary Clinton aide Huma Abedin, even the Conservative Political Action Conference and Senator Lindsey Graham have one purpose: advancing the Muslim Brotherhood’s agenda and instating Sharia law in the United States, according to Republicans like former presidential candidate Michele Bachmann.
The Brotherhood is the largest and oldest organization of political Sunni Islam in Egypt. In June 2012, Muslim Brotherhood leader Muhammed Morsi became Egypt’s first freely elected head of state. But after mass demonstrations earlier this year, Morsi was deposed by Egypt’s military and has remained jailed since. The tense and confusing diplomatic situation between Egypt and the United States has given way to many conspiracy theories for political gain.
Of course, these claims have no basis in fact and have been disputed by leaders in both parties, but that hasn’t stopped the witch-hunt by these modern day McCarthyists.
Here’s a look back at the 5 most incendiary Muslim Brotherhood conspiracy theories.