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Pro-government pundit praises PM’s Dallas address

August 9th, 2022

A right-wing analyst argues that PM Orbán advocates exactly the same values he stood for when he first appeared in politics 33 years ago.

On Mandiner, Milán Constantinovits reads the Prime Ministers address at the CPAC meeting in Dallas (Texas) last Thursday as proof that while Viktor Orbán is often accused by his left-wing critics of having abandoned his original beliefs, in reality he has remained a staunch anti-communist throughout his career. Constantinovits compares Mr Obán’s speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference to his first televised appearance in 1989 when he urged the withdrawal of Soviet troops from Hungary. In both speeches, he writes, Viktor Orbán described communism as the antithesis of democracy. And in both cases, he continues, he warned that communists, rather than disappearing with the fall of their regimes, remain active in public life – as ‘reformers’ in 1989 and as ‘liberals’ nowadays. That consistent stance, Constantinovits concludes, has made the Prime Minister an important international actor, although he represents a small country.