A Day in Dallas

In a speech in Romania in late July, Viktor Orbán, the Prime Minister of Hungary said:

“We are willing to mix with one another, but we do not want to become peoples of mixed-race. Migration has split Europe in two — or I could say that it has split the West in two. One half is a world where European and non-European peoples live together. These countries are no longer nations: they are nothing more than a conglomeration of peoples.”

Viktor Orbán, July 23, 2022

Zsuzsa Hegedüs, an advisor to Viktor Orbán for 20 years, actually resigned in protest over the speech calling it “a pure Nazi speech” that was “worthy of Goebbels.”

Apparently Donald Trump and the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) were not overly concerned about Orbán’s blatantly racist speech in Romania as Donald Trump, the self described “least racist person anywhere in the world,” met with Orbán in New Jersey on August 2 saying it was “great spending time with my friend… few people know as much about what is going on in the world today.”

The next day on August 3, Orbán spoke at the CPAC conference in Dallas where he and Hungary are seen as models for what the Christian Nationalist base of the Republican Party wants for the future of the United States. In the speech at CPAC, Orbán called on Republicans in the United States to work together with the Christian nationalist movement in Europe while railing against immigrants, “globalists” like George Soros, and persons who are LGBTQIA+. Unsurprisingly, Orbán’s speech was met with an enthusiastic standing ovation.

In a speech in which Orbán claimed to be defending Christian, national, and Western values; he told the CPAC crowd, “Don’t worry: a Christian politician cannot be racist.” In addition to the ahistorical nature of this claim, seeing how many self-described Christian politicians in history have in fact been racist, if Orbán indeed believes this, he clearly needs to no longer claim to be a “Christian” politician given that any antiracist person realizes you can’t call for not wanting your people to become mixed race one week and claim not to be a racist the next.

Orbán’s Day in Dallas bore similarities to “A Night in the Garden” in 1939 when thousands of Americans came together to celebrate the European fascist white nationalist movement of their time. 83 years later, at “A Day in Dallas,” Trump’s autocratic Republican Party is not even pretending not to be racist or fascist anymore.

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