Fox News host Tucker Carlson will speak at a far-right conference in Budapest later this week after meeting with Hungarian authoritarian leader Prime Minister Viktor Orban.
The Daily Beast and Talking Points Memo first noted that Carlson would speak at the rally for an event titled “The World According to Tucker Carlson”. The speech will be part of MCC Feszt, a massive and deep effort to create a new generation of conservative elite in Hungary.
Fox News did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The New York Times reported in June that Orban had awarded more than $ 1.7 billion in government funding to a foundation that hosts the event, called Mathias Corvinus Collegium.
The figure represents around 1% of Hungary’s total gross domestic product and comes amid Orban’s efforts to undermine democratic standards and reshape the political climate to be more conservative and nationalistic, the publication added.
“They act as if they are doing a public good,” Bernadett Szel, an opposition MP, told The Times in June. “But they are actually stealing from the public.”
Orban is running for a fifth term next year and faces a fierce challenge from an opposition bloc.
Carlson hosted his show from Budapest on Monday evening, telling viewers he would be broadcasting from the city for the remainder of the week. Orban also posted a photo of the two meetings on his official Facebook page.
He openly praised the Orban government for its program, calling Hungary a “pro-family country” and praising the anti-immigration policies of its leaders.
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