Charles Creitz, Fox News, August 5, 2021
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, a prominent right-wing voice in Central Europe, fired back at U.S. President Joe Biden for his remark on the campaign trail that grouped the leader in with autocratic strongmen like Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko and North Korea’s Kim Jong Un.
Orban – speaking with “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Thursday — was the first European leader to endorse Trump’s reelection bid, while Trump lauded Orban’s border security and counterterrorism policies, as well as endeavors to “protect and help Christian communities” throughout the world.
Orban spoke to the broader political issue, in that left-wing politicians like Biden cannot fathom a nationalistic or conservative alternative ideology, calling Hungary a “success story.”
“The Western liberals cannot accept that inside the Western civilization, there is a conservative national alternative which is more successful at everyday life, at the level of them — the liberal ones,” he said. “That’s the reason why they criticize us. They are fighting for themselves, not against us. But we are an example that a country which is based on traditional values, on national identity, on the tradition of Christianity can be successful – sometimes more successful than a leftist-liberal government.”
Orban said Biden and the Democratic Party cannot accept the success Hungary has seen in protecting its Serbian and Croatian borders.
Orban further argued that there is nothing hateful or xenophobic about a strong national defense and secure borders:
“[National sovereignty] is coming from God, and nature. All begins with us. This is our country. This is our population. This is our history, our language. We have to [secure our borders]. Of course, if you’re in trouble and there’s nobody closer to you than the Hungarians, you have to be helpful,” he said.
“But you can’t say, okay, it’s a nice country. I would like to come and live here because it’s a nicer life, it is not a human right to come here. No way. It’s our land. It’s a nation, a community, family, history, tradition, language.”
Host Tucker Carlson noted the disparity between the immigration policies of Orban’s Hungary compared to another powerful Central European government – Angela Merkel’s Germany.