Hungarian leader Viktor Orbán declares at CPAC that

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán called on conservatives in Europe and the US to take back power from liberals, declaring that a “clash of civilisations” is underway.

The far-right leader, who addressed the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Texas on Thursday, recently faced an international backlash over controversial issues. Comments He created in late July, in which he said that Hungarians “do not want to be mixed race people.” A former adviser, who has since resigned, referred to those comments as “a pure Nazi speech worthy of Goebbels”.

Orban, who came to power in 2010, has grown rapidly. clamped Down on political opposition and press freedom, further consolidating his power in the last two elections.

In the CPAC, Orban tried to avoid criticism by claiming “a Christian politician cannot be a racist” and that those who consider him to be a racist or anti-Semitism are “just idiots.”

“I can already see yesterday’s headlines,” Orban said. “Putin’s Trojan horse, a far-right European racist and anti-Semitic powerhouse, gives speeches at conservative convention. But I don’t want to give him any ideas, he knows best how to write fake news.”

During his speech, Orban also attacked Jewish billionaire George Soros, former President Barack Obama, “globalists” and the Democratic Party: “They hate me and defame me and my country, because they hate you.” ”

He also referred to the aggressive illegal immigration of Hungary and Anti “gender ideology” Policies At one point, Orbán read the Hungarian constitution’s definition of marriage between a man and a woman, to applause from the CPAC audience. “Less drag queen and more Chuck Norris,” he said.

The day before his appearance at the CPAC, Orban and his delegation met with former President Donald Trump at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Taylor Budovich, spokesman for Mr Trump’s leadership PAC Save America, tweeted photos of the meeting.

Hungarian Minister of Foreign Affairs Peter Szczárto also commented In a tweet that Hungarian-US relations were “at their peak when Donald Trump was president” and expressed hope that he would be president again. ,

Looking ahead to the US presidential race of 2024, Orban called on conservatives on both sides of the Atlantic to mobilize to take back political power.

“We must withdraw the institutions in Washington and Brussels. We must coordinate the movement of our troops, because we face the same challenge,” he said. “You have two years to prepare.”

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