Zoltán Kovács, State Secretary for International Communications and Relations, said the success of Viktor Orbán’s government and support for his conservative policies “is more and more of a sore point for our critics”.
Speaking on Facebook after the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Budapest, the state secretary noted that it was clear that the “western mainstream media” would soon “swing into action”. Parallels were drawn between the Hungarian CPAC event and Nazism and fascism. Kovács said the event had conveyed a positive message on traditional conservative themes of God, the homeland and family. Churches, he said, needed protection and families needed support since the nation was built on their foundations. The state secretary also insisted that conservative ideas gave answers to today’s thorniest questions such as national identity and the preservation of Judeo-Christian heritage, immigration and the family. To protect them, conservative movements must be encouraged, he said.
Kovács said any had been dumbfounded by the government’s position on the war in Ukraine and its ties with Russia, yet Orbán made himself clear: whereas Hungary was determined not to get involved in the war, “Hungary was among the first to call Russia an aggressor and to condemn the invasion … and the Hungarians stand foursquare behind the unprecedented humanitarian effort.” Kovács said that while Paris and Berlin were mulling solutions that involved territorial concessions to Russia, Orbán was cynically being tarred as Putin’s “closest European ally”.
When it comes to illegal immigration, LGBTQ movements and Hungary’s family support system, he said the government’s critics ignored the facts and instead connected it with “fascism and white supremacy”, adding the national-conservative government’s success was seen as “a threat to the liberal, globalist camp”. Orbán’s government, he said, had eliminated unemployment and drawn people back into the labour market.
Photo credit: Facebook/Kovács Zoltán