I used to think that a story about the most recent former vice president going to a foreign country to give a speech to an audience of authoritarian white supremacists, as a guest of that country’s leader, an authoritarian white supremacist his own self, would be what we would call Big News. Apparently, I don’t understand a thing. From ABC News:
Pence spoke at a forum devoted to demographics and family values in Budapest, Hungary, where conservative leaders from central Europe expressed their anxieties about falling birthrates in the Western world and discussed ways to reverse the trend. “We see a crisis that brings us here today, a crisis that strikes at the very heart of civilization itself. The erosion of the nuclear family marked by declining marriage rates, rising divorce, widespread abortion and plummeting birth rates,” Pence said. The Budapest Demographic Summit, which was first held in 2015 and takes place every two years, has become a platform for leaders to denounce illegal migration and urge families to have more children.
The former vice president went all the way to Hungary to hang with Viktor Orban and cozy up rhetorically to the Great Replacement theory. This is not to be confused with how Tucker Carlson took his Great Replacement roadshow to the banks of the Danube for an entire week as an infomercial for Orbanland. Nor is it to be confused with the story that next year’s CPAC conference will be held there. I used to think that a story about the country’s most influential conservative hootenanny possibly moving to a foreign country run by an authoritarian white supremacist also might be what we used to call Big News, but clearly I know nothing.
However, I’m beginning to sense a bit of a trend here. If they all want to move to Hungary, I’ll help load the C-47. But, despite the fact that I’m a sucker for a good pot of goulash, and I can be bribed out of my living skin with a slab of galuska, I’m not really fond of the idea of moving Hungary here. But I think Mike Freaking Pence, Tucker Carlson, and all of CPAC should pick their bedfellows with more discretion.
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