During the campaign we were surprised to learn of the influence that the head of the American mukhabarat state security, i. Will the deep state try to unseat the new president? Does religion play a role in how you are voting? Perhaps the American people are not ready for democracy after all. Journalists and analysts like to hear this stuff, as we discovered during our own protests. We look forward to more of those moments being captured on camera and turned into photo essays in the foreign press. The moment at which we felt real solidarity with the American people, though, was when we started hearing BBC reporters talking to your citizens with the patronizing tone they normally reserve for the Middle East. There was talk, too, of rural strongholds and urban bastions.