'Ever more terrifying': Tucker Carlson's visit with Hungary's authoritarian Viktor Orban sets off alarm bells
Fox News broadcaster Tucker Carlson will deliver a speech this weekend at a far-right conference in Hungary, setting of alarm bells back home.
The MCC Feszt is backed by Hungary's authoritarian prime minister Viktor Orban, who appeared Monday on Carlson's online show for Fox Nation, and he'll broadcast his highly rated prime-time program from Budapest all week.
Journalists and others who follow Orban's authoritarian takeover saw Carlson's visit as an ominous sign, particularly after Donald Trump's attempted coup and ongoing efforts to rig future elections in Republicans' favor.
Nothing to worry about, just America's #2 demagogue meeting with the man who destroyed Hungarian democracy through… https://t.co/FIIx4MTjrJ— Brendan Nyhan (@Brendan Nyhan) 1627924336.0
Is it terrifying that Carlson is embracing Orban as TV spectacle? Absolutely. But to understand the effect this is… https://t.co/D2HnD9b4QY— Sarah Posner (@Sarah Posner) 1627995581.0
In Orban's Hungary, +90% of media is controlled by the ruling party. Businesses are physically and legally harassed… https://t.co/MdyTLJgXP1— Anne Applebaum (@Anne Applebaum) 1627988189.0
Remember that Tucker was trying to interview Putin? I wonder why he wants to connect with all these authoritarian l… https://t.co/1gyRXPbCc9— Molly Jong-Fast (@Molly Jong-Fast) 1627957646.0
This is the fire fascists in our country want to play with. Tucker Carlson was polishing Viktor Orbán’s shoe last n… https://t.co/xGWxWrK9C3— Walter Shaub (@Walter Shaub) 1627992526.0
Axis 2.0 shaping up nicely. Orbán mentors all the next gen fascists. https://t.co/qViYd8p2oB— Ruth Ben-Ghiat (@Ruth Ben-Ghiat) 1627949517.0
It's kind of funny that Orban is so admired by so many Americans obsessed with the Clinton Foundation - because cor… https://t.co/qUgkCRZsn3— David Frum (@David Frum) 1627997184.0
Admiring Orban’s Hungary is pathetic. It’s corrupt, where supporting the leader matters more for business success t… https://t.co/Xkul7PRMec— Nicholas Grossman (@Nicholas Grossman) 1627993293.0
Orbán is an anti-Semitic, racist demagogue and an authoritarian who is systematically destroying the remnants of de… https://t.co/KS3w7Vn9DJ— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1627994161.0
The segment of the American right that dreams of "Trump but done effectively" really loves Orban. https://t.co/3jJDMEGAWv— Jeet Heer (@Jeet Heer) 1627939626.0
This is the most important piece you will read about Tucker Carlson, Dennis Prager, and Renee DiResta headlining MC… https://t.co/x8VFDhwVBt— primitiveradio (@primitiveradio) 1627923759.0
Trump won't block DOJ officials from testifying to Congress about his efforts to overturn the 2020 election
Former president Donald Trump won't sue to block former Department of Justice officials from testifying about his efforts to subvert the results of the 2020 election, the New York Times reported Tuesday morning.
Trump's attorney, former Georgia Republican Congressman Doug Collins, sent letters to six DOJ officials on Monday informing them of the decision.
"By allowing his former Justice Department officials to speak with investigators, Mr. Trump has paved the way for new details to emerge about his efforts to delegitimize the outcome of the election," the Times reported. "Even though department officials, including (former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey) Rosen and the former Attorney General William P. Barr, told him that President Biden had won the election, Mr. Trump pressed them to take actions that would cast the election results in doubt and to publicly declare it corrupt."
House and Senate committees are expected to interview Rosen and Richard P. Donoghue, a former acting deputy attorney general, as soon as this week, as part of their investigations into the Trump administration's potentially illegal efforts to delegitimize Joe Biden's victory.
Last week, the DOJ delivered a "significant" blow to Trump when it said department officials can give "unrestricted testimony" to the committees, because the former president's efforts to overturn the election to promote his "personal political interests" represented an "extraordinary circumstance" that is not protected by executive privilege.
In his letter to the DOJ officials, Trump's attorney Collins slammed the DOJ's decision, saying the Biden administration should have first consulted with Trump before waving executive privilege. Collins also said while Trump will not attempt to block their testimony outright, he may take undisclosed legal action if congressional investigators seek "privileged information" related to his administration.
"The committees have also received a slew of emails, handwritten notes and other documents from the Justice Department that show how Mr. Trump, Mark Meadows, his former chief of staff, and others pushed the Justice Department to look into voter fraud allegations that were investigated and not supported by evidence, to ask the Supreme Court to vacate the election results and to publicly cast doubt on the outcome," the Times reports.
On Tuesday, writing for the Glens Falls Post-Star, columnist Gretta Hochsprung tore into Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), the upstate New York lawmaker recently elected House GOP Conference chair, for spreading what she termed a "pro-COVID agenda" by inciting anger and opposition to public health measures.
Hochsprung took particular aim at Stefanik's tweet earlier in the week, in which she proclaimed, "No vaccine mandates for teachers No vaccine mandates for students. No mandates for anyone. And unmask our kids!"
Stefanik gained national attention in 2019 for her intense defense of then-President Donald Trump during his first impeachment.
"Children entering school in New York are required to have had seven vaccines, and middle and high school students must have a couple more. You can get an exemption if you have a medical condition that qualifies. No other sort of exemption, not for religious, cultural or 'it's a free country' reasons is granted," wrote Hochsprung. "We assume Stefanik is referring to the COVID-19 vaccines, although she doesn't say that. But what makes the COVID-19 vaccine any different from the hepatitis B vaccine or the chickenpox vaccine? Hepatitis B and chickenpox did not kill more than half a million people over the course of the past year, and that is because most of us were vaccinated for those viruses when we were kids."
Allowing unvaccinated students and teachers to spread COVID-19 at schools unchecked, Hochsprung warned, would have dire consequences, as the highly infectious Delta variant continues to explode.
"We don't know why, as a federal representative, Stefanik is expending her energy on public school policy, which is the purview of the states," wrote Hochsprung. "Like everyone else, we are weary of dealing with COVID-19. Being weary or angry or rebellious doesn't make the virus go away, however, while vaccinations and mask-wearing do."
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