Former President Donald Trump reportedly appeared by video feed on Friday on the Conservative Political Motion Conference in Budapest ― the primary time the event has been staged abroad because the GOP nuzzles as much as Hungary’s authoritarian government.
Trump heaped praise on Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban, in accordance with Rolling Stone. Reports from the event are scarce because event organizers barred many American news outlets from entering.
“He’s an ideal leader, an ideal gentleman,” Trump said, adding that Orban “just had a really big election result” in April, when he won a fourth consecutive term as prime minister.
Throughout the campaign, Hungary’s opposition party candidates got five minutes of time on state television to make their case to voters.
Orban touted his control of the media in his speech to American conservatives on Thursday, telling them that the trail to holding power is to “have your individual media.”
“It’s the one solution to indicate the insanity of the progressive left,” Orban said, in accordance with The Guardian.
Trump said that he was “very honored” to have endorsed Orban in the course of the race.
“A bit of unusual endorsement. Often I’m taking a look at the 50 states but here we went a bit of bit astray,” Trump said, per Rolling Stone. “And I did that only because he really is a superb man and he has done a implausible job for his country.”
Orban has used his decade-plus in power to crack down on immigration by stoking racial fears, erase gains in LGBTQ rights, and customarily rule by hard-line Christian values.
At CPAC Hungary, certainly one of Orban’s most notorious allies also took the stage alongside Trump, in accordance with The Guardian. Zsolt Bayer, a racist and antisemite who once called Jewish people “stinking excrement,” gave an address Friday where he reportedly spoke against gender and racial inclusivity.
Also scheduled to talk were Fox News’ far-right host Tucker Carlson ― who spent per week in Hungary broadcasting his show last 12 months ― Trump’s former chief of staff Mark Meadows and French anti-immigration leader Marine Le Pen, amongst others.