Do American “National Conservatives” Condone Orban’s White Nationalism?

Source: Cato Institute
by Cathy Young

“Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s career as a champion of ‘illiberal democracy’ and a poster boy for ‘national conservatism’ took a startling turn last Saturday when his speech at a summer event in Romania veered into explicit ‘Great Replacement’ rhetoric, complete with a denunciation of the ‘mixed‐​race world’ of liberal Western countries. The controversy escalated on Tuesday when sociologist Zsuzsa Hegedüs, a longtime Orban adviser and ally, submitted a scathing resignation letter … The speech was also denounced by the International Auschwitz Committee; by Hungary’s chief rabbi, Robert Frolich; and by Romanian Foreign Minister Bogdan Aurescu, who called it ‘unacceptable.’ Orban’s fans on the American right, meanwhile, remain unperturbed. He is still scheduled to give a keynote speech next week at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas, sharing the spotlight with Donald Trump and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.” (07/28/22)