Join my crusade against progressive liberals, Viktor Orban urges US conservatives

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Viktor Orban, Hungary prime minister - Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg
Viktor Orban, Hungary prime minister - Dylan Hollingsworth/Bloomberg

Hungary’s prime minister has urged Christian conservatives in the US and Europe to unite forces and battle “progressive liberals” and “globalists” at a Right-wing political meeting in Texas.

Viktor Orban said that his country was the “Lone Star State of Europe” and boasted of his tough anti-migration policies and laws against gay marriage at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Dallas.

“If I am correct, Lone Star State means that independence, freedom and sovereignty are the dearest values in this part of America,” he said.

Progressive liberals didn’t want me to be here because they knew what I would tell you – because I’m here to tell you that we should unite our forces because we Hungarians know how to defeat the enemies of freedom on the political battlefield,” he said.

He added: “We must take back the institutions in Washington and in Brussels [...] we must co-ordinate the movement of our troops, because we face the same challenge.

“We are not the favourites of the American Democrats. They did not want me to be here and they made every effort to drive a wedge between us. They hate me and slander me and my country as they hate you and slander you and America you stand for.”

US conservatives Donald Trump supporters - AP Photo/LM Otero
US conservatives Donald Trump supporters - AP Photo/LM Otero

Mr Orban was given a standing ovation when he read from Hungary’s constitution, which he amended to say that marriage could only be between a man and a woman.

“Less drag queens and more Chuck Norris,” he declared, before urging American conservatives to confront issues such as migration, gender identity and the “clash of civilisations”.

Mr Orban sparked outrage when he said last month that Hungarians “do not want to become peoples of mixed race”.  One of his long-term advisers resigned in protest, saying that the comments were “pure Nazi”.

“A Christian politician cannot be racist,” Mr Orban said in Texas on Thursday before branding his critics “simply idiots”.

While Mr Orban was given a rapturous reception in the US, he has faced criticism in Europe for his crackdown on media freedom, migration and gay rights.

Mr Orban, who met former president Donald Trump earlier this week, has long been at loggerheads with the EU, which accuses him of eroding democratic standards and the rule of law.

Viktor Orban and Donald Trump - Reuters/Carlos Barria
Viktor Orban and Donald Trump - Reuters/Carlos Barria

He also attracted criticism for blocking EU sanctions on Russian oil until Hungary was given a carve-out from the embargo imposed because of the war in Ukraine.

“I can already see tomorrow’s headlines,” Mr Orban said, as he railed against the “Leftist media”.

“Far-right European racist and anti-Semite strongman, Trojan horse of Putin, holds speech at conservative conference. But I don’t want to give them any ideas. They know best how to write fake news.”

Mr Orban said he was “the only anti-migration political leader of our continent” and “the leader of a country that is under the siege of progressive liberals day by day”.

He accused progressives of trying to “separate Western civilisation from its Judeo-Christian heritage.”

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.”

The prime minister, who won a fourth successive election in April, has forged close ties with American conservatives, including Mr Trump and Tucker Carlson, the Fox news commentator.

Mr Trump will close the CPAC conference, which held a special event in Hungary earlier this year, on Saturday.

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