Viktor Orban Speaks

Laura Jedeed
10 min readAug 5, 2022

On August 4th, CPAC applauded a fascist. Here’s what Orban had to say

“This is why we have always fought: we are willing to mix with one another, but we do not want to become peoples of mixed-race.”

-Viktor Orban, July 23, 2022

On August 4th, Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban walked onstage at CPAC Dallas to rapturous applause. He is an affable tomato of a man: were his white hair green the illusion would be complete. When he speaks, he likes to address the audience as “my friends” with a warmth that makes me feel that he believes it. He wields self-deprecating humor like a scalpel–emphasizing Hungary’s small stature in comparison to the United States and claiming a tendency to bore his audience that I have never personally witnessed.

Viktor Orban, as described, standing at the CPAC podium. He grips it with both hands. His mouth is slightly open, he is speaking, he looks…I don’t know. Disdainful? Sneering? Definitely disturbing
Photo by Laura Jedeed

Migration has split Europe in two — or I could say that it has split the West in two. One half is a world where European and non-European peoples live together. These countries are no longer nations: they are nothing more than a conglomeration of peoples. I could also say that it is no longer the Western world, but the post-Western world.

-Viktor Orban, July 23, 2022

Orban did not discuss the perils of race-mixing on the CPAC stage, though he referenced it several times. “I think you managed to confuse a lot of people by inviting me,” he told them…

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Laura Jedeed

Freelance journalist, filthy pleb. Politics mostly. Find my work at NYMag, Politico, Rolling Stone, New Republic, and https://bannedinyourstate.com