Perhaps one of the most influential people on the American right, Tucker Carlson paid a visit to Hungary last week. During his stay, the TV host interviewed Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, visited the southern border wall and spoke about freedom of expression and its definition of illiberalism at a festival hosted by the Matthias Corvinus Collegium.
Last Monday, Tucker Carlson met with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, a conversation of which few details are known, but which signaled the arrival of the Fox News host with a “Tucker Carlson Today” post on the Premier’s Facebook page. Minister.
PM Orbán meets with popular right-wing political commentator and host Tucker Carlson
The conservative American commentator will also give a talk at the upcoming Mathias Corvinus Collegium festival.
Tucker Carlson visits the Hungarian “wall”
Carlson, who has covered extensively the debate over the southern border wall of the United States, posted a segment on Thursday on the Hungarian-Serbian border fence, which he also visited. In the video, Carlson praises Hungary’s approach to the 2015 migration crisis compared to the rest of the European Union, which he describes as “the German Empire”.
Carlson quoted a 2017 quote from former President Donald Trump which claimed that crime in Germany had increased due to migration, despite fact-checking by the AP outlet which found that the country’s crime rate was at its lowest level since 1992.
The Fox News host also explained that the border wall had “effectively ended illegal migration.” On the same day, the Hungarian government announced that “the migratory pressure has increased considerably”, with the tally of 54,000 arrests linked to illegal immigration this year, far exceeding 17,000 last year.
Police warn of “great migratory pressure” at the southern border
Gergely Czuczor, deputy head of the National Police Department (ORFK), said police had foiled 26,600 illegal entries since the start of the year.
However, without a doubt, the border fence played a central role in stopping the routes of mass migration through Hungary.
Interview with Prime Minister Orban
The political commentator also had Orbán on his show, which averages around 3 million viewers per night. In the interview, Orbán spoke about Hungary’s approach to the 2015 migration crisis, President Joe Biden’s description of a “totalitarian thug,” as well as the “national-conservative alternative” to liberalism. modern.
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Carlson asked Orbán why Biden didn’t call Chinese President Xi Jinping, “who famously murdered many of his political opponents – a totalitarian thug,” but called him such. The Hungarian prime minister did not address the harsh characterization of the Chinese leader – possibly due to his efforts to try to maintain good relations with the leaders of the Chinese State Party – but instead said that his government’s success does not Western liberals didn’t like it. .
Western liberals cannot accept that within Western civilization there is a conservative national alternative, which is more successful in everyday life at the level of, than the liberals. This is the reason why they criticize us.
At the end of the interview, Orbán spoke about what the upcoming Hungarian elections mean for the United States, saying that Fidesz is a better ally for Biden because “an unloved but stable partner is better than an uncertain new one” .
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In the introduction to the interview, Carlson called the Hungarian opposition parties “open anti-Semites” and denounced the negative statistics presented by international think tanks such as Freedom House regarding freedom under the Orbán administration.
Carlson denounces illiberal democracy at MCC Fest
Carlson was the featured guest at Mathias Corvinus Collegium’s MCC Fest in Esztergom, where he spoke out against the restriction of freedom and the “cancellation culture” of the United States while praising Hungary’s free speech.
The United States “is the biggest country in the world – I always will think so – but don’t tell me it’s freer than Hungary because it’s a lie,” Carlson said. He argued that mainstream political critics in the United States were subject to physical threats and censorship.
He also condemned those who “preach” to Hungary, adding that the elections had been free and fair and the media was more balanced than in the United States. Carlson believes that Hungary sets an example for others in terms of cleanliness, order, openness of society, freedom from crime and border control.
Carlson believes that the Hungarian government has good reason to be proud of its work and that its citizens have every reason to be thankful.
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Carlson condemned “illiberalism” to the few hundred people in his audience, saying it is the opposite of liberalism that follows his worldview.
It is not liberalism that is imposed on you, (…) it is illiberalism, it is the opposite of liberalism. It is the totalitarian idea that everyone behaves the same way, that everyone reads the same catechism, the same list of slogans, and that everyone obeys.
The right-wing host seemed unaware that Orbán was using the term “illiberalism” to refer to his own style of governance, as Carlson described it as a “totalitarian” ideology.
In recent years, Viktor Orbán has made it clear, contrary to modern liberal Western values, that Hungary is an “illiberal state, a non-liberal state”. He has consistently used this phrase to describe his government’s rebellious approach to politics in opposition to European and North American “liberals”.
Pictured is Fox News’ conservative host Tucker Carlson speaking at Mathias Crovinus Collegium Fest on August 7. Photo presented by Zsolt Szigetváry / MTI