Fox News Fascinista, Tucker Carlson, Cozies Up to Hungary’s Authoritarian PM Orban

The saga of Fox News senior White Nationalist, Tucker Carlson, continues to sink lower into the muck with every new day. Apparently it isn’t enough that he has promulgated paranoid delusions that the National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on him? Or he has spread baseless accusations that the FBI orchestrated the January 6th insurrection? Or he has claimed that health authorities know that vaccines don’t work and they aren’t telling you? Or he has of “spewed the overtly racist white replacement theory.”

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This week Carlson is broadcasting his program from Hungary, a country that has been on a rapid path to totalitarianism. Carlson is there to speak at an ultra-rightist conference that advocates a xenophobic agenda and trains young conservatives who will be dispatched throughout the European Union. According to the Daily Beast

“Tucker Carlson will deliver a speech, appropriately titled ‘The World According to Tucker Carlson,’ this coming Saturday at MCC Feszt, a far-right conference in Budapest that is backed by Hungary’s authoritarian prime minister, Viktor Orban.” […]

“Earlier this year, The New York Times reported that Orban granted $1.7 billion—or about one percent of Hungary’s GDP—to Mathias Corvinus Collegium, or MCC, with the aim of training a new generation of conservative elite across Europe.” […]

“According to Open Secrets investigative researcher Anna Massoglia, Hungary paid a D.C. lobbying firm $265,000 in 2019, in part to arrange an interview on Carlson’s Fox News show.”

So Carlson was lobbied at great expense to cozy up to Hungary’s nascent dictator, Orban, and to become a featured speaker at an event that Orban paid for with his government’s funds. That is less surprising when you know that Carlson shares much of the same philosophies with Orban. Media Maters reported how Orban has implemented the same anti-immigrant policies that Carlson regularly promotes on his Fox News program. And the targets of Orban’s hostility and lies are often the same as those that Carlson and Fox News go after:

“Instead of helping the native population to have more children, the Hungarian government, they say, should import a replacement population from the Third World. That’s the George Soros solution. But Hungary’s prime minister, Viktor Orbán, has a different idea. Instead of abandoning Hungary’s young people to the hard-edge libertarianism of Soros and the Clinton Foundation, Orbán has decided to affirmatively help Hungarian families grow.”

What’s more, according to Human Rights Watch, Hungary’s parliament gave Orban rights that allow him to rule “with unlimited power for an indefinite time.” He has the power now to strike down and/or implement laws by decree. And democratic elections have been suspended. And if that isn’t bad enough, Orban was recently discovered to have been using spyware on the media in his country. A man after Trump’s diseased heart.

Under these circumstances, Carlson’s trip to Hungary says a lot about where he stands with regard to the constitutional principles and liberties of the United States. He is fully on board with the sort of tyrannical aspirations of Donald Trump, who idolizes strongman dictators like Orban, Putin, Xi, and Kim.

More evidence of Trump’s efforts to stage a violent coup are uncovered on a seemingly daily basis. He recently claimed for himself the exclusive right to destroy America.” And his crackpot cult followers believe that Trump’s January 6th insurrectionists were “defending freedom.” So naturally Carlson would venture to Hungary to support a like-minded fascist wannabe, and bring those ideas to America, and his Fox News viewers. It’s just the next step toward the white nationalist dystopia he dreams about.

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