It’s really nothing new that USA politicians are bashing Hungary. Last year Obama was worrying that “NGOs are harassed in Hungary like in Egypt or Putin’s Russia” and Sen. John McCain called PM Orbán “a neo-Fascist dictator who goes to bed with Putin”. What is new a bit that they do that in ‘two-in-one’ with our Polish friends. 🙂
Ex-president and aspiring First Lord Clinton said earlier that
Orbán wants money and to remain in power for good
and then he said this a few days ago:
Poland and Hungary, two countries that would not be free, but for the United States and the long Cold War, have not decided this democracy is too much trouble. They want Putin-like leadership. Just give me an authoritarian dictatorship and keep the foreigners out. Sound familiar?
That was a snub at Republican candidate Donald Trump, of course.
Maybe the Hungarian government should have just ignored Clinton’s latest insult and nonsense but Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó still quipped this way:
No one – not even former US President Bill Clinton – should feel he can insult Hungarians, the freedom of Hungary was achieved by the people of Hungary; tens of thousands of Hungarians sacrificed their lives for freedom. Therefore it is unacceptable for someone to belittle the fight for freedom of the people of Hungary in this manner.
Mr. Clinton must surely know that the people of Hungary have decided on Hungary’s future in democratic parliamentary elections. Mr. Clinton may not like the decision of the people of Hungary, but this cannot be sufficient reason for the former President to insult them like this.
Well, one can safely say that another Clinton in the White House wouldn’t be something to rejoice about for Hungary. So ….
Update: Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute has just published an excellent article on this. It also put Clinton’s words, and how Hungarians view them, into a historical context.