Some U.S. progressives are openly hostile toward Hungary, and the nation’s prime minister might have revealed the reason during a recent interview.
Viktor Orban spoke to Fox News Channel host Tucker Carlson Thursday, the Daily Caller reported, where he affirmed that his country, unlike much of the West, is a successful conservative society built on putting family and nation first.
“More successful in everyday life”
In his eye-opening interview, Orban politely rebuffed caricatures of his country being pushed in America by prominent Democrats including President Joe Biden. The prime minister has repeatedly been portrayed as a fascist and Biden called him a “totalitarian thug” during the presidential campaign.
For his part, Orban said that the antagonism stems from the fact that many Western nations have become “post-Christian” and “post-national,” thus they are irked by Hungary’s traditional government and lifestyle.
“Western liberals cannot accept that inside the Western civilization, there is a conservative [and] national alternative which is more successful in everyday life than the liberal ones,” he added.
Since he shut Hungary’s borders to millions of Muslim migrants released during the 2015 refugee crisis, Orban said he had been treated like the “black sheep” of Europe.
Instead of replacing a declining Hungarian population with immigrants, however, his government has sought to reverse the underlying issue by subsidizing marriage and family.
“Defend your people against any danger”
Taking his argument a step further, Orban declared that there is no “human right” for foreign nationals to settle in Hungary.
“You have to defend your people against any danger,” he said, according to the Daily Caller. “This is our country. This is our population. This is our history. This is our language.”
Carlson attracted backlash from progressives and the mainstream media after his trip to Budapest, which is further evidence that Hungary’s notion of preserving a sovereign society rattles globalists who pursue porous borders and broken families.
The host concluded after speaking to Orban that Hungary provides proof that “you don’t have to watch your country collapse” or “have leaders who hate the population or divide their own people against each other, who make the country worse, who open the borders.”
In his opening monologue, Carlson cited factors like political censorship and intimidation as evidence that the U.S. could in some ways be described as more repressive than Hungary.