After losing its leader in Washington, Donald Trump-Support Republican He appears to have praised a new authoritarianism-curious leader: Hungarian anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT, anti-freedom press Viktor Orbán.
from a full week of programming by Fox News‘ Tucker Carlson Visit of a former Vice President from Budapest for a Conservative Political Action Conference event in Hungary next spring mike pence For a “demographic summit” last month, American conservatives are praising a former Soviet satellite sliding back into autocracy.
“These days, all roads lead to Viktor Orbán’s Budapest for the GOP and its American media and political allies…. It is crazy that the CPAC would be there,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiatt, a history professor at New York University, who The Republican Party has been warning for years of leaning toward authoritarianism under the U.S. “Destroying democracy in the country goes hand in hand with making America a partner of autocracy abroad.”
Heather Conley, director of the Europe, Russia and Eurasia Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, said the new appreciation for Orban’s regime is worrying. “There is certainly a shared agenda between Orbanism and some elements of the Republican Party. Both have contributed significantly to political mobilization and gain of faith and traditional values.” “But the biggest concern should be that [the] The undemocratic nature of Orbanism is becoming even more appealing.”
Human rights and democracy advocates strongly condemn Orban for his attempts to seize Hungary’s independent judiciary, suppress the free press, attack institutions such as universities, and denigrate immigrants and the LGBT community.
Human Rights Watch writes of Hungary: “The government has made access to asylum near impossible, interfered with free media and academic freedom, and undermined the rights of women and LGBT people, including the implementation of the Istanbul Convention. Blocking, which aims to prevent violence against women.”
And think tank Freedom House gives Hungary a “partly free” rating – making it the only member of the European Union in that lower category, a ranking it shares with countries including Pakistan and Albania.
In fact, the EU has punished Hungary for its policies that violate the principles of the group. It is currently delaying billions of euros in economic recovery aid in an effort to force Orban to revise its policies.
But concerns from EU and democracy activists have done little to quell American conservatives’ enthusiasm for Orban.
In August, Carlson, whose top-rated cable shows regularly advance white-nationalist topics about immigration, spent Broadcast of the week from Budapesto, including a softball interview with Orban.
In late September, Pence appeared at the fourth biennial “Budapest Demographic Summit”, created by Orbán as a platform to condemn immigration and instead create more children from families to reverse Hungary’s dwindling population. urged to do.
“We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the heart of civilization itself. The erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, increased divorce, widespread abortion and declining birth rates,” Pence said in his speech. He also praised Hungary’s strict abortion laws and said he hoped similar laws would soon be possible everywhere in the United States. “It is our hope and our prayer that in the days to come, a new conservative majority in the Supreme Court of the United States will take action to restore the sanctity of life at the center of American law.”
And that same week, the CPAC of the American Conservative Union, where Ronald Reagan’s call for independence in Eastern Europe was once honored, revealed it would hold an event in Hungary in March, according to Hungarian news site 24.hu.
Dan Schneider, ACU executive director, was quoted in the article about the announcement: “Hungary is an excellent place to host the CPAC. The essence of conservative ideology is to preserve the old values best of all, Schneider said, Liberals are destroying everything conventional with their ‘weird ideas’.
CPAC officials did not respond to questions about Hungary.
Former ACU president Al Cardenas said he could no longer understand the group’s thinking. “I don’t have a clue,” he said. “This thing about Hungary surprised me a bit. Hungarian leaders are certainly not exemplary in terms of values.”
But Trump and his anti-immigration allies have praised Orban for years. Trump also invited her to the White House in 2019 and told how much he admires her. “It is a great honor to have the Prime Minister of Hungary with us. And Viktor Orbán has done a tremendous job in many different ways. Highly respected. Respected across Europe,” Trump said.
Orban, in his remarks at last month’s summit, saw Trump’s re-election defeat as one of several setbacks that right-wing “nationalists” have taken of late. “We have suffered huge political losses in recent years. The Tories have left the European Union, President Trump was not able to remain in office, and Prime Minister Netanyahu now leads the opposition in Israel,” Orban said. “Anyway, the situation is difficult, Mr. Vice President. We want you to return as soon as possible.”
Trump tried to overthrow American democracy after losing the election by 7 million votes. Despite this, he remains the de facto leader of the Republican Party, leading the majority of GOP voters’ polls for the 2024 nomination.
Pence, who rejected Trump’s demands that he declare Trump the winner of the January 6 congressional certification election instead of Democrat Joe Biden, is also believed to be running for the GOP nomination.
Trump responded to Pence’s refusal to illegally overturn the election by attacking him on Twitter, resulting in violent crowds of Trump supporters walking down the halls of the Capitol in search of him, chanting “Mike Pence”. hang it up.”