Hungarian foreign minister Péter Szijjárto has said that the “patriotic, Christian-based policies” presently being pursued by Hungary’s national-conservative government pose a serious threat to the hegemony of the international liberal mainstream.
In his statements, which came during a short interview segment which aired last week on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, Szijjárto expressed his appreciation to the conservative journalist for showing the reality of the situation in Hungary, excoriated the international liberal press for its “lies and fake news,” and provided some context as to why purveyors of liberal ideology feel threatened by a small country in Central Europe.
Szijjárto, after thanking Carlson for his accurate coverage of Hungary, told the US news host that the media, which is overwhelmingly controlled by the Left, seldom portrays his government and country in an honest light, saying: “We are usually faced by the lies and the fake news produced by the international liberal mainstream and your report about Hungary brings fresh air to us.”
Then, when asked by Carlson why the globalist-led foreign policy establishment—a clique that’s supported ‘foreign adventurism’ in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Libya—has so much disdain for and feels threatened by a nation of ten million people in Central Europe, Szijjárto replied: “I think why they hate us is that we are conducting a patriotic, Christian-based policy” which seeks to “fulfill the national interest.”
“We are conservatives and in the meantime we are successful, so basically our existence is a danger for them because what they say is that the only way to have a progressive successful political system is to be extremely liberal,” the foreign minister continued, adding that Hungary’s mere existence “makes it very clear that no, this is not the only way to be progressive, to be successful, to fulfill the interest of your nation.”
“Our way—the conservative, patriotic, Christian democratic way—respects our history, religious heritage, and values like family. This brings success also,” Szijjártó insisted.
In his final statement in the five-minute segment, the foreign minister offered some additional insight as to why the liberal mainstream is working overtime see Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his conservative Fidesz party removed from power in the upcoming election.
“The reason they want us to be beaten in the next elections is that basically one of the last, successful conservative governments would be kicked out of power,” he began, adding: “And then they could speak about the fact that liberal mainstream is the only successful ideology in the world.”
To conclude the interview, Carlson told the minister: “They see you as a much bigger threat than China, which just tells you everything,” warning that “they’re going to try to interfere in your election as you well know. Good luck.”
The Fox News host’s forewarning is far from groundless. Days ago, 62 liberal and leftist MEPS authored a letter to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), in which they claimed that Hungary’s upcoming elections—set to take place in April—may not be “held to the highest democratic standards.”
Belgian MEP Guy Verhofstadt, a left-liberal and self-described EU federalist, in a recent tweet insisted that an EU “election observation mission in Hungary is absolutely necessary,” claiming that Prime Minister Orbán would “play it dirty.”
Zoltán Kovác, the spokesman for the Hungarian government, has calmly rejected these sensational claims in an opinion piece for Euronews, writing: “Prime Minister Orbán and the ruling alliance are running on a long list of achievements in office. Voters will reelect him, I predict, because he has taken the country forward and delivered real results for Hungarians.”
“Dark warnings about a contested election result and a rigged election are merely advocacy journalism at work.”