Hungary restricts sale of LGBTQ-themed children’s books


BUDAPEST, Hungary – Fox News’s Tucker Carlson this week defended anti-LGBTQ Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán while in his country.

Carlson at the opening of his show on Thursday described Orbán as “an elected leader who publicly identifies as a Western-style conservative.”

“He thinks families are more important than banks. He thinks countries need borders. For saying these things out loud, Orbán was vilified, ”said Carlson of Budapest, the Hungarian capital, before his show aired his interview with Orbán. “Left-wing NGOs denounced him as a fascist, a destroyer of democracy.

Carlson referred to transgender athletes and critics of President Biden’s policies when he presented his interview with Orbán. The Hungarian Prime Minister, for his part, defended his record.

“What is happening here is building a very successful society: economically, politically, culturally and even demographically, we have some success, family policy,” Orbán said. “So what you can see here could be described as success, but the fundamentals of success are totally different from those envisioned, managed and created by many other Western countries. “

“Western liberals cannot accept that within Western civilization there is a conservative national alternative, which is more successful in everyday life and at its level than liberal alternatives,” he added. “This is the reason why they criticize us. They are fighting for themselves, not against us. But we are an example that someone, or a country that is based on traditional values, on a national identity, based on a tradition of Christianity, could be successful or sometimes even more successful than a liberal left-wing government.

Orbán told Carlson that “many Christian and conservative families believe that Western Europe is not secure enough, the future is not stable, public safety is not assured and the ideological leadership of countries, or the fundamental values ​​of the countries on which they are based, does not change to their liking or to their intention.

“They are looking for other places,” Orbán said, noting that people from Western European countries are moving to Hungary.

Orbán did not specifically discuss his efforts to restrict LGBTQ rights in Hungary, but he described former President Trump as “a great friend of Hungary.”

“He has supported us a lot, not only personally, but also politically,” said Orbán.

Orbán also defended his government’s efforts to prevent migrants from crossing Hungary in 2015.

“It is not a human right to come here; not at all because it’s our land, ”he said. “This is our nation. It is a community. Families. Story. Tradition. Tongue.”

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The European Commission announced last month that it would take legal action against Hungary after a law came into force banning the promotion of homosexuality and sex reassignment surgery for minors. Orbán, who heads Hungary’s Fidesz party, said he wanted to hold a referendum on the matter.

At the end of 2020, Hungarian lawmakers amended the country’s constitution to define the family as “based on marriage and the parent-child relationship” with “the mother is a woman, the father a man” and effectively banned couples from the same. gender to adopt children. Hungary’s parliament earlier this year approved a bill banning trans and intersex people from legally changing their gender.

“I am treated like the black sheep of the European Union,” Orbán told Carlson.

Carlson repeatedly told Orbán that Biden had described him as a “totalitarian thug,” while noting that the comment suggested “why wouldn’t Biden’s State Department work to prevent you (Orbán) from to be elected “in the Hungarian presidential election of 2022. Orbán, for his part, said he was ready for” international interference “.

“It will happen… we are prepared for it,” Orbán said. “Obviously, the international left will do all it can do and probably more to change the government here in Hungary. “

The BBC reported that Carlson in Hungary attended a festival at Matthias Corvinus Collegium, a conservative foundation with close ties to Orbán.

A Media Matters for America spokesperson told the Washington Blade on Friday that Carlson, among other things, recently mocked Assistant Secretary of Health Rachel Levine, who is the first openly trans person confirmed by the US Senate. . GLAAD also documented Carlson’s other anti-LGBTQ comments, including his portraying trans children as “grotesque” and bragging about him and a friend beating up a gay man when they were in high school.

A Fox News spokesperson did not respond to Blade’s request for comment.

Over the years, the network has sponsored several NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists events, including its conventions and annual fundraiser in New York City which former Fox News presenter Shepard Smith attended. NLGJA did not respond to Blade’s request for comment for this story.

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