The Guardian reports that in a fiery speech this week before thousands of cheering supporters, Hungary's right wing nationalist prime minister, Viktor Orban, who was also one of Donald Trump's earliest supporters among European politicians, and who has made Hungary the first country in the EU to build a border fence against immigrants, blasted African and Muslim immigrants as invaders who were leading to his country's destruction. Among other things, Orban said:

"The countries that don't stop immigration will be lost."

A spokesman for Orban also said last week that:

"We are against the idea that migration is good or that it is a human right."

https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...on-by-migrants

These statements clearly correspond to many similar ones that Trump has made about non-European immigrants - calling them "criminals", "rapists" and "terrorists"; claiming that the Africa, Asia and Latin-America friendly diversity visa lottery sends the "worst people" to the US; and stating that that if America continues President Obama's (allegedly liberal) immigration policies, we "won't have a country".

Not surprisingly, in view of their similar opposition to non-European immigrants and efforts to build border walls to keep them out, Trump and Orban have also expressed warm admiration and support for each other.

Moreover, not only Stephen Bannon's Breitbart News, but other US right wing media also, have been effusive in their praise of Orban and his regime, even to the point of condemning efforts by Trump's own State Department (under its now ousted head, Rex Tillerson) to help preserve what small vestiges of a free press might still exist in that country.

https://www.libertarianinstitute.org...i-orban-media/

And this is the main point. Under Orban, who is not only opposed to non-white immigrants, but whose statements and actions are also causing anxiety among the native-born Jewish population, which well remembers the Nazi extermination of almost all of Hungary's Jews in WW2

http://jewishjournal.com/news/world/...ahu-need-know/

Hungary no longer has a free press, or any other of the workings of a democratic society.

The New York Times reports, that, soon after taking power as prime minister:

"...Mr Orban and his lieutenants began a legislative on the Hungarian Constitution, curbing civil society..."

Specifically:

"First, (Orban) moved simultaneously to curb the Hungarian media and the judiciary. Next came the erosion of the country's checks and balances, which has helped Mr. Orban share the spoils of power with close friends and important businessmen."

The Times continues:

"And then, came the electoral process. The restructuring of Hungary's election system, including a redrawing of the electoral map, has helped him remain in power, even has his party has won fewer votes.

'The election law does not correspond to democratic features,' said Imre Voros, a founding member of the Hungarian constitutional court, 'and Hungary is therefore not a democratic country.'"

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/10/w...far-right.html

It will not come as any surprise that many ilw.com readers will see a strong resemblance between the above developments in Hungary and similar ones in Donald Trump's America.

True, there are some differences. Unlike Trump, Orban has not made "jokes" about becoming president for life, as Trump did in a recent statement (was it really a joke?) about wanting to emulate China's current leader.

Orban, again unlike Trump, has not yet ordered a North Korean or Soviet-style military parade to be held in his honor. Nor has Orban, so have as is known, appointed a reported torturer as head of his country's main intelligence agency, as Trump has just done. See my March 14 ilw.com post about Gina Haspel's alleged activities at a CIA "black site" torture prison in Thailand. See also the following NY Times report:

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/02/u...-thailand.html

But the resemblances between the two leaders are clear and unmistakable - enough to show that demonizing, scapegoating, excluding and deporting immigrants en masse because of their skin color and/or religion as a policy is on a collision course with democracy - both in Europe and the United States.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com