Geraldo takes swipe at Tucker for Orbán interview: ‘You want America to be more like Hungary?’

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Fox News liberal pundit Geraldo Rivera attempted a “gotcha” on host Tucker Carlson Tuesday, questioning him over his support for Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and then asking if he would like to see the U.S. become more “authoritarian” like Hungary.

Carlson interviewed Orbán last August in Hungary and announced that he would return to Hungary this week while promoting his new Fox Nation documentary titled, “Hungary vs. Soros: The Fight For Civilization.”

On “The Five” he praised Hungary while promoting his documentary and slamming George Soros.

“It’s not a radical country, it’s not a theocracy,” Carlson said regarding Hungary. “It’s a very sort of simple, sweet country with some problems like every country, but they kind of try to make it better. That’s all they do.”

As the panel discussed the manipulations of Soros and democracy in general, Rivera saw a chance to pounce on Carlson.

“Erica and I visited Budapest in the summer of 2020, they were looking forward to the elections coming up in April. Viktor Orbán, the president, very controversial there, he’s thought of as authoritarian — also on the ballot is the fact that in Hungary, they are not allowed to teach LGBTQ facts of life until a kid is 18 or older,” Rivera stated voicing his liberal concerns while taking a shot at Orbán.

“Do you want America to be more like Hungary, is that why you did this?” Rivera asked Carlson concerning his in-depth documentary exposing Soros.

Carlson wasn’t biting over the dig. He pointed out that Hungary is less authoritarian than the U.S. is currently. He cited the jailing for months of Jan. 6 protesters who have been kept in seclusion on spurious charges.

“I don’t know if I would say it’s authoritarian, I mean, they didn’t lock up hundreds of people without trial in solitary confinement for staging a political protest or trespassing. We did do that and are still doing it. Nothing like that, as far as I know, is happening in Hungary, there are no political prisoners,” Carlson remarked without losing his temper over Rivera’s swipe.

“Orbán could lose, by the way, in the elections in April, so it’s hardly this monolithic, one-party state. It’s not like one party controls all the levers of government like is the case in this country. Look, I’m an American, I love America, I will always defend America, but the idea that Hungary is less a democracy than the U.S. or than Ukraine… I mean, it’s just a lie. Anyone who says that is either lying or doesn’t know anything,” he said hitting back at Rivera and scoring.

In 2018, Soros’ Open Society Foundations sued the Hungarian government over a law that curtailed the organization’s activities. Carlson pointed out that Soros spends lots of money in Hungary trying to change the country’s “internal politics.”

“And the Hungarian government has basically just said out loud, ‘We don’t like this. This is subverting democracy. These are noncitizens, non-Hungarians trying to influence our internal political program,'” he commented. “Again, that’s what we would call in this country an attack on democracy.”

“Mr. Soros and the Open Society Foundations have worked for more than 30 years to support vibrant and inclusive democracies whose governments are accountable to the people they serve,” the organization proclaimed in a statement, not mentioning the fact they have also allegedly been deeply involved in color revolutions across the globe. “Mr. Carlson appears to prefer authoritarian rule, state capture of media and the courts, crony corruption and rigged elections.”

A group of 62 members of the European Parliament from various parties has called for major election monitors to observe Hungary’s upcoming elections due to concerns they “might not be held to the highest democratic standards,” reported Politico, echoing liberal calls for the same thing here in the United States.

Peter Marki-Zay, Hungary’s leading opposition candidate, told Newsweek in October that “these elections are not fair and free at all.”

Marki-Zay is an economist who claims to be a conservative Christian. He supports joining the EU and making Hungary part of a globalist expansion. He is also for same-sex marriage and claims that “Jesus Christ was … a left-wing person.”


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