Donald Trump’s Endorsement of Viktor Orbán Shows the Importance of International Populist Solidarity

Early in January, former President Donald Trump endorsed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán for re-election.

“Viktor Orbán of Hungary truly loves his Country and wants safety for his people,” Trump said in the statement he released on January 3, 2022. “He has done a powerful and wonderful job in protecting Hungary, stopping illegal immigration, creating jobs, trade, and should be allowed to continue to do so in the upcoming Election. He is a strong leader and respected by all. He has my Complete support and Endorsement for reelection as Prime Minister!”

Trump’s endorsement of Orbán is one of the latest moves he’s made in support of right wing populist leaders on the world stage. In October 2021, Trump endorsed Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro for his re-election campaign.

Trump’s endorsement of Orbán lies in stark contrast with the way Biden has handled the  Orbán government.

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For example, the Biden administration did not send out an invitation to Hungary during the virtual Summit for Democracy that took place in December, making it the only European Union member to not receive the invitation.

Orbán’s government has been an inspiration to national populists across the West. Fox News host Tucker Carlson has been one of Orbán’s strongest defenders from the two minute hate that he has received from the western corporate press and NGO industrial complex.

While Trump was president, Orbán was invited to a meeting in the Oval Office back in 2019. At the time, Trump declared that Orbán had “done a tremendous job in so many different ways.” Trump continued by declaring that Orbán is “respected all over Europe” and “probably, like me, a little bit controversial. But that’s OK.”

Undoubtedly, Orbán can be counted on to be one of the staunchest allies of any national populist in the White House. Orbán’s indefatigable defense of national sovereignty, traditional values, and Hungary’s demographic integrity has gained him many enemies in the globalist West.

It’s almost guaranteed that the U.S., the European Union, and an assortment of NGOs will be trying to interfere in Hungary’s parliamentary elections this year. It’s up to populist journalists and commentators to expose whatever shenanigans the globalist forces in the West are going to use to subvert Hungary this election cycle.