Hungarian journalist who called Jews 'stinking excrement' addresses CPAC conference | The Times of Israel

  

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Hungarian journalist who called Jews 'stinking excrement' addresses CPAC conference | The Times of Israel
Zsolt Bayer, who has history of antisemitic and racist comments, among speakers at event held by US conservative group in Budapest that included speeches from Trump, Tucker Carlson

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A Hungarian journalist known for making antisemitic and racist comments was a featured speaker at a Friday gathering in the Hungarian capital Budapest of prominent conservatives from the United States, Europe and elsewhere.

Zsolt Bayer, who according to The Guardian has called Jews "stinking excrement," referred to Roma as "animals" and used racial epithets to describe Black people, took the stage on the second day of the American Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, as it was held in Europe for the first time.

The two-day conference featured speeches from former US president Donald Trump; Fox News host Tucker Carlson; Trump's former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows; and Republican lawmakers from Florida and Maryland.

Bayer is a co-founder of the ruling Fidesz party and is said to be close to Hungary's nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban, the star speaker at CPAC. He has long angered Jews and others with his articles and op-eds in right-wing publications.

In 2011, Bayar used the phrase "stinking excrement" to refer generically to Jews in England, according to The Guardian.

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Two years later, writing about a New Year's Eve bar fight in which several people were seriously injured and some of the attackers were identified as Roma, Bayer wrote: "A significant part of the Roma are unfit for coexistence. They are not fit to live among people. These Roma are animals and they behave like animals."

In a November 2015 column about the migrant crisis and extremism, Bayer said all Muslims older than 14 were "potential murderers."

Bayer was distinguished with the Knight's Cross in 2016 for his writings about the Hungarian minority in Transylvania, the fates of Hungarian prisoners in the Soviet Gulag prison system and for his "exemplary journalistic activities."

000_32AG4KT-640x400.jpg Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses a keynote speech during an extraordinary session of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) at the Balna cultural Centre of Budapest, Hungary on May 19, 2022. (Attila Kisbenedek/AFP)

The conference reflects a deepening of ties between the American right-wing and the autocratic government of Orban. The burgeoning alliance with Orban has led some US commentators to warn of American conservatives allegedly embracing anti-democratic tactics.

During his 12 years in power, Orban has generated controversy in the European Union for rolling back democratic institutions under what he calls an "illiberal democracy," but garnered the admiration of some segments of the American right for his tough stance on immigration and LGBTQ issues and his rejection of liberal pluralism.

Delivering the opening address of the two-day conference on Thursday, Orban called Hungary "the bastion of conservative Christian values in Europe," and urged US conservatives to defeat "the dominance of progressive liberals in public life" as he said he had done in Hungary.

The conference is the American political right's latest embrace of Orban, whom Trump has lavished with praise. Trump — described by aides as being particularly enamored with dictators and authoritarian leaders during his time in office — endorsed Orban's bid for reelection and urged Hungarian voters to give him another term.

AP22088590999760-640x400.jpg Former US President Donald Trump speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) Saturday, February 26, 2022, in Orlando, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux, File)

Orban's party won Hungary's general election in April, and the prime minister retained his office.

The European Union and human rights organizations have expressed concern over recent Hungarian policies seen as limiting the rights of LGBTQ people, something Orban described Thursday as "gender madness."

Hungary also faces financial penalties from the EU for alleged rule-of-law violations, including rolling back judicial independence and media freedom, and failing to adequately tackle corruption.

CPAC in recent years has expanded its footprint beyond its annual gathering of conservative activists and politicians in the US, with events in Australia, Brazil, Japan and South Korea. It plans to hold conferences in Brazil, Israel, Japan and Mexico later this year.


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JBB
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1  seeder  JBB    one month ago

Trump may have moved the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem but eight in ten American Jews voted Democratic in 2020. The gop's embrace of totalitarian strongmen is disturbing as HELL! The gop's threat to our constitutional rights is real. CPAC is today's gop!

 
 
 
Drinker of the Wry
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1.1  Drinker of the Wry  replied to  JBB @1    one month ago
eight in ten American Jews voted Democratic in 2020

Depends on which exit polls you believe, the two that I saw had Biden winning the Jewish vote by 60.6%-30.5% and 77%-21%, but you still have a valid point.

 
 
 
JBB
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2  seeder  JBB    one month ago

Trump and Zslot Bayer addressed the same CPAC audience on the same stage at the same gop event.

 
 
 
Duck Hawk
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3  Duck Hawk    one month ago

No morals, no integrity, no shame that's todays GOP.  It's a sad time in America, I'm getting ashamed to be an American. I don't want to be associated with these people. THIS is definitely not the America I served for. With the way the GOP is going how long before someone like me is killed/ imprisoned? I'm a liberal (leaning to Socialism), I have gay friends, believe gay marriage should be legal in America, I'm Pagan and not afraid to say what I think. Oh, I also believe abortions need to stay legal.

Todays GOP is moving in a direction that I find appalling. The lies that are being told and fed to the constituents is unreal. Do you really think liberals eat babies and that children are raped to extract a chemical from their brains to produce a immortality serum? (that's a QAnon myth by the way). Their passion for authoritarianism is sickening. The open racism and homophobia is disgusting. How long before only white, Christian men will be the only ones allowed to vote in his country?

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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3.1  Greg Jones  replied to  Duck Hawk @3    one month ago

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Kavika
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4  Kavika     one month ago

Attacking Jews and Roma, both of which were slaughtered by the Nazi's in WWII. Echo's of the past to haunt us today.

 
 
 
shona1
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4.1  shona1  replied to  Kavika @4    one month ago

Evening Kavika...another one of the human monstrosities that should have been drowned at birth...

Trouble is, instead of the list getting shorter as you would hope the human race learns from its past... it seems to be getting longer..

 
 
 
Kavika
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4.1.1  Kavika   replied to  shona1 @4.1    one month ago

Evening shona, sadly the list keep getting longer and longer.

 
 
 
Hallux
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4.1.2  Hallux  replied to  shona1 @4.1    one month ago

Morning Shona ... I hear it's paper shredder time in Australia.

 
 

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