With all of their MAGAt and America First rhetoric, why would the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) hold their conference in Hungary?
The simple answer is: Prime Minister Viktor Orban, who will be CPAC’s keynote speaker, shares the same White Supremacist, fascist beliefs as them.
“Right now, the political leader of the conservative resistance in the West is the prime minister of a small central European [country] that most Americans never even think about,” Rod Dreher of The American Conservative said at a conservatism conference last year.
Orban has been criticized as a white ethno-nationalist authoritarian. He’s restricted Muslim immigration and LGBTQ rights while building a close relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Many American conservatives, however, see Orban’s Hungary as a kind of anti-woke paradise.
Fox News host Tucker Carlson, one of the most prominent proponents of the idea that minorities are replacing white Western civilization, broadcast his show from Budapest last summer.
“If you care about Western civilization and democracy and families and the ferocious assaults on all three of those things by the leaders of our global institutions, you should know what is happening here right now,” Carlson said, while in Hungary.