UPDATED 1:00 PM PT – Friday, August 5, 2022
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban called out the progressive left at this years CPAC after he was welcomed to CPAC with a standing ovation. Speaking at the event on Thursday, Orban accused progressive liberals of trying to silence him and attempting to keep him away from the event.
“They did not want me to be here and they made every effort to drive a wedge between us,” said Orban. “They hate me and slander me and my country as they hate you and slander you and the America you stand for. We all know how this works. Progressive liberals didn’t want me to be here because they knew what I would tell you. Because I’m here to tell you that we should unite our forces.”
He then went on to suggest that today’s progressive left is equivalent to Nazi’s and communist dictators by trying to move the US away from Judeo-Christian values. Orban, who came to power in 2010, has increasinglydown on political opposition and press freedom, consolidating his power further over the last two elections. During his speech, Orbán also attacked Jewish billionaire George Soros, former President Barack Obama, “globalists” and the Democratic Party. He went on to voice, “They hate me and slander me and my country, as they hate you.”
“The horrors of Nazis and communism happened because some western states in continental Europe abandoned their Christian values,” he voiced. “Today’s progressives are planning to do the same. They want to give up on western values and create a new world, a post-western world. Who is going to stop them if we don’t?”
🇭🇺🤝🇺🇸PM Orbán opens @CPAC calling for conservatives to unite forces & fight for a bright(er) future in the West. We should play by our own rules, protect our borders, families & children. Thank you @mschlapp @mercedesschlapp for having us! pic.twitter.com/wlUTLMCcIS
— Balázs Orbán (@BalazsOrban_HU) August 4, 2022
Orban concluded with a step by step guide for conservatives to fight in what he describes as an ongoing culture war.
“We cannot fight successfully by liberal means,” the prime minister stated. “Because our opponents use liberal institutions, concept and language to disguise their Marxist and Hegemonic plans. Politics, my friend, are not enough. This war is a culture war. We have to revitalize. We have to revitalize our churches, our families, our universities and our community institutions.”
A day before his appearance at CPAC, Orbán and his delegation met with former President Donald Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Hungarian Foreign Affairs Minister Peter Szijjártó also commented in a tweet that Hungarian-US relations were “at their peak when Donald Trump was President” and expressed the hope that he’ll be president again. .
45: Great spending time with my friend, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary. We discussed many interesting topics—few people know as much about what is going on today. We were also celebrating his great electoral victory in April. pic.twitter.com/NpuBubQ6Je
— Taylor Budowich (@TayFromCA) August 2, 2022
In the meantime, Orban called on conservatives to mobilize in preparation for the 2024 presidential election.