What Viktor Orbán's CPAC appearance tells us about Trump, GOP

Viktor Orbán is set to appear at CPAC in Dallas. Here's what we can learn from former President Donald Trump and Republicans' embrace of Hungary's leader.

He has extolled the value of racial purity, is vehemently anti-immigration, has cultivated close ties with Russia’s Vladimir Putin and was a speaker at this week’s Conservative Political Action Conference, known as CPAC, in Dallas.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, 59, is widely criticized around the world for systematically dismantling his country’s nascent democracy during his 12 years in power — but that hasn’t stopped him from emerging as a darling of many on the right in America.

Orbán told a cheering crowd of conference delegates that he and other conservatives were in a battle to protect Western civilization against the forces of liberalism and mass migration.

Hungary's controversial prime minister addresses CPAC crowd in TexasAug. 4, 202205:39“If you separate Western civilization from its Judaeo-Christian heritage, the worst things in history happen," he said.

"Let’s be honest, the most evil things in modern history were carried out by people who hated Christianity. Don’t be afraid to call your enemies by their name. You can’t play safe but they will never show mercy.”


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