Tucker Carlson to speak at Hungarian far-right conference
Fox News anchor Tucker Carlson will speak at a far-right conference in Budapest later this week after meeting with Hungary’s authoritarian leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The daily beast and Talking Points Memo noted for the first time that Carlson would speak at the meeting during a event titled “The World According to Tucker Carlson.” The speech will be part of the MCC Feszt, a massive, big-money effort to create a new generation of conservative elite in Hungary.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New York Times reported in June that Orban had awarded more than $ 1.7 billion in government funds to a foundation that organizes the event, called the Mathias Corvinus Collegium.
The figure is about 1% of Hungry’s total gross domestic product and comes amid Orban’s efforts to undermine democratic norms and reshape the political climate to be more conservative and nationalistic, the publication added.
“They are acting as if they are doing a public good,” Bernadett Szel, an opposition lawmaker, told the Times in June. “But they are actually robbing the public.”
Orban is seeking a fifth term next year and faces a fierce challenge of an opposition bloc.
Carlson hosted his show from Budapest on Monday night, telling viewers that he would be broadcasting from the city for the rest of the week. Orban too aware a photo of the two reunited on their official Facebook page.
He has openly praised the Orban government for its program, calling Hungary a “pro-family country” and praising the anti-immigration policies of its leaders.
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