If you ever found yourself wondering, or thinking that even Donald Trump has to have a line somewhere — something that’s just so terrible that even he would not dare to cross it — let this be your clear-cut proof that he does not.
He absolutely does not.
Recently, the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Hungary took place and featured speeches from the likes of Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Trump’s former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and even ex-President Donald Trump himself.
Why is this so appalling, you may be asking? Because, according to an unsettling new report from The Guardian, Trump and his “people” shared the CPAC Hungary stage with “A notorious Hungarian racist who has called Jews ‘stinking excrement,’ referred to Roma as ‘animals’ and used racial epithets to describe Black people, was a featured speaker at a major gathering of US Republicans in Budapest.”
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The event saw an appearance from Zsolt Bayer on the second day — a Hungarian television host who has been widely and resoundingly lambasted over his open racism. During the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests, Bayer took to his blog, writing:
Is this the future? Kissing the dirty boots of fucking [racist epithet] and smiling at them? Being happy about this? Because otherwise they’ll kill you or beat you up?”
Back in 2011, the TV host referred to Jews in England as “stinking excrement” and in 2013, wrote: “a significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. They are not fit to live among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals.”
The Hungarian CPAC also saw a speech from Jack Posobiec — an ultra Right-wing US blogger who has regularly utilized antisemitic symbols and heavily peddled the notorious “Pizzagate” conspiracy theory that labels Democrats as members of a pedophile ring.
Hungary’s nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orbán, who served as the event’s star speaker on the first day, awarded Bayer the Hungarian order of merit in 2016, prompting the US Holocaust Memorial Museum to publicly speak out, stating it “reflects the longstanding refusal of the leadership of Hungary’s ruling Fidesz party to distance itself from Bayer, in spite of Bayer’s repeated pattern of racist, xenophobic, antisemitic, and anti-Roma incitement.”
Trump made his appearance at the CPAC event right before Bayer took to the stage and heaped his public praises on Orbán, who was recently elected for a fourth term as prime minister.
“He is a great leader, a great gentleman, and he just had a very big election result. I was very honored to endorse him,” Trump stated.
The US think tank Freedom House has recently downgraded its assessment of Hungary to a “partly free” society under its current leadership.
The Guardian reports, “CPAC, which is organized by the American Conservative Union, did not respond to a request for comment on Bayer’s participation.”
CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp took to the website and complained, “Leftist media launched a coordinated smear campaign” against the event.
“Our mission is to increase freedom and opportunity across the globe, including for those living under socialist and Communist regimes,” Schlapp stated. “To hear the condescending whines from socialist boosters in the media like the Guardian, however, you would be led to believe that CPAC stood for something very different. In the woke, warped logic of government-financed NPR [National Public Radio], somehow calls for liberty and national sovereignty are akin to racism and authoritarianism.”
Read the full report from The Guardian here.
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