Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has called on conservatives in Europe and the United States to take back power from the liberals, declaring that a “clash of civilizations” is underway.
The far-right leader, who addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas on Thursday, recently faced an international backlash over a controversial topic. Notes introduced in late July, in which he said that Hungarians “did not want to become a people of mixed races”. A former adviser, who has since resigned, referred to those comments as “a pure Nazi speech worthy of Goebbels.”
Orban, who took power in 2010, is increasingly growingover political opposition and freedom of the press, which further consolidated his power during the last elections.
At the CPAC, Orbán attempted to pre-empt criticism, claiming that “a Christian politician cannot be a racist” and that those who consider him racist or anti-Semitic are “just idiots”.
“I can already see tomorrow’s headlines,” Urban said. “European extreme right-wing racist and anti-Semitic, Putin’s Trojan horse, is giving a speech at the Conservative Conference. But I don’t want to give them any ideas, they know the best way to write fake news.”
During his speech, Urban also attacked Jewish billionaire George Soros, former President Barack Obama, “globalization,” and the Democratic Party: “They hate me and defame me and my country, because they hate you.”
He also praised Hungary’s aggressive illegal immigrationPolicies. At one point, Orbán read the Hungarian Constitution’s definition of marriage between a man and a woman, to the applause of the CPAC audience. “Fewer queens, more Chuck Norris,” he said.
The day before his appearance at CPAC, Urban and his delegation met with former President Donald Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Taylor Bowdwich, a spokesman for Trump-led PAC Save America, tweeted photos of the meeting.
Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Sigarto also hung In a tweet, he said Hungarian-US relations were “at their peak when Donald Trump was president” and he hoped to be president again. .
As the 2024 US presidential race approaches, Orbán has called on conservatives to mobilize on both sides of the Atlantic to regain political power.
“We must restore the institutions in Washington and Brussels. We must coordinate the movements of our forces because we face the same challenge,” he said. “You have two years to prepare.”