President Donald J. Trump held his first rally since being exonerated by the Mueller probe to huge cheering crowds in Michigan. The President took the stage before a loud and lively full house at the Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids, where he proceeded to tear into Democrats and the FBI as unintelligent “frauds” who tried desperately to undermine the results of the 2016 election.
“The Democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bullshit partisan investigations, or whether they will apologize to the American people,” Trump said to thunderous applause.
Trump continued to unload on his opponents, “I have a better education than them, I’m smarter than them, I went to the best schools; they didn’t. Much more beautiful house, much more beautiful apartment. Much more beautiful everything. And I’m president and they’re not.”
Addressing counter-protesters outside the arena and leftist progressives in general, Trump asked, “What do you think of their signs, ‘Resist?’ What the hell? Let’s get something done.”
Winners and Losers
Totally in his element among the roars of the adoring crowd, Trump vowed to “close the damn border” unless Mexico halts two new caravans he said have been approaching the United States rapidly. Trump also hit at fraudulent asylum applicants, saying liberal lawyers often have coached them in a “big fat con job” to claim they’ve feared for their lives when they make it to the border.
The economy, Trump said to sustained cheers, “is roaring, the ISIS caliphate is defeated 100 percent, and after three years of lies and smears and slander, the Russia hoax is finally dead. The collusion delusion is over. … The single greatest political hoax in the history of our country. And guess what? We won.”
Trump predicted that the former DOJ and FBI officials who pushed the collusion theory and authorized secret surveillance warrants against members of his campaign — whom he incidentally called “major losers” — would soon have “big problems.”
Trump also characterized the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee as “little pencil-neck Adam Schiff, who has the smallest, thinnest neck I’ve ever seen,” and someone who is “not a long-ball hitter.”
Schiff, D-Calif., who fiercely pushed collusion claims despite little evidence of the President’s involvement, has vowed to continue investigating Trump despite Mueller’s findings — even as Republicans have called for his resignation.
Trump’s rally prompted thousands of supporters to line the streets hours beforehand in a festive atmosphere that included vendors selling “Make America Great Again” hats and holding supportive signs.
As the president continued to lambast all of his usual opponents, he made it a point to take a jab at the Fake News noting with great satisfaction that MSNBC and CNN’s ratings “dropped through the floor last night,” while Fox News’ ratings were “through the roof.”
At the end of the rally, Trump remarked, “the Democrats took the people of Michigan for granted. With us, you will never be forgotten again.”
In order to head off the typical left-wing reaction that will arrive in the wake of this commentary – that any criticism of a minority is white racism — I think it is necessary for readers to understand that I have spent a life time in active support of equality for ALL people. I have worked in the inner cities in opposition to racism in education, housing, employment, policing, public safety, public services and anywhere else it is found. I despise racism of EVERY kind.
This means that I also call out minority racism. Yes, the so-called “people of color” – blacks, Hispanics, Asians, and Native Americans – can also be racist or manifest racist beliefs in certain instances. Saying so is what will have the folks on the political-correct left calling me a racists. The kindest of them will say that I am a racist but do not realize the fact. Yep! They know better even though they do not know me and have not walked in my shoes.
You see, the radical liberal-set believes that it is not even possible for a member of a minority group to be racists. They say as much. That is because the world of the left is a place where fanciful beliefs and political advantage trump reality and common sense. That is why progressivism is more of a political religion than a social science.
According to the theory, minority folks cannot be racist because of what they call white privilege. Blacks are the victims of racism, therefore no one in the black community can be racist It is the unique sin of white folks. That is why they myopically see acts of racism only as the actions of whites against blacks.
Of course, to a rational person, with a mind that can grasp logic, racism is simply the hatred of a class of people because of their ethnicity. If a Chinese person hates Japanese as a people, that person is a racist. If a Hispanic person hates blacks that is racism. And if a black hates white people in general, that is also racism – not matter how many flawed self-serving theories are advanced.
What triggered this commentary was an incident in Georgia. As a child, I had traveled in a few southern states – although not Georgie – and saw the signs that read, “WHITES ONLY” or more directly “NO COLORED ALLOWED.” I recall seeing public rest rooms, drinking fountains and park benches labeled for whites or colored.
Thanks to the Internet I recently saw a sign that reminded me of those days of yore. The Bolton Street Baptist Church of Savannah, Georgia was the site of a political meeting regarding their upcoming mayoral election. There were two signs on the door. One read: “NO Audio or video recordings.” So much for transparency.
The second sign read: “NO Media (TV, radio, etc.). And then there was that last line: “Black Press Only!” – with that exclamation mark for emphasis. These were not some scribbled signs – the work of some malcontent racist. They were printed. They were the official statement of the organizers of the meeting – presumably the Trigon Group.
The meeting was to hear from Van Johnson, one of several black candidates opposing the incumbent white mayor of Savannah. When told by a white reporter that he was denied entrance to the meeting, Johnson apologized but said the sponsors had a right to determine who to allow into the meeting – an argument that ironically was used by white racists in the days of southern segregation.
Johnson gave an incredibly stupid solution. Perhaps he was just not thinking fast enough. He promised to hold a meeting for white reporters only – as if the best solution to black racism is white racism.
Yes, I called it black racism. That sign is racist to the core. No amount of left-wing political fantasizing or theory-posturing can change that basic fact. This kind of racist backwash against diversity and integration – two things most Americans value – is not a one off. We need to recall the trend on college campuses to create black-only events and assemblies. Blacks have been guilty of hate-crime attacks on whites – although that garners less attention from the liberal media.
For some reason, our friends on the left fail to see the irony and inconsistency in all of this. They are color blind to black racism. If they really want that dialogue on race that they so often say is needed – and I am a bit dubious because they seem to avoid it as much as possible — black racism needs to be part of the conversation. Having had many conversations on black racism with black people, I can attest to the fact that it is not as scary a subject as the left seems to think. In fact, there are a lot of black folks who will confirm the reality of black racism within their community.
While I do not believe racism is a dominant trait among the American people in general, it is still necessary to call it out when and where it rears its ugly head – as it did in Savannah, Georgia.
So, there ‘tis.
Post Script: If this were a video commentary, I would have to have Ray Charles singing “Georgia” as a closer.
Several months ago, CNN launched a new segment called “Reality Check.” It features the smug John Avlon, who also regularly shares the anchor as the network’s Senior Political analyst. In other words, their on-set “yes man.”
Avlon came to CNN from the Daily Beast, where he was the head beast. In those days, he was one of those regular bobblehead “contributors.” Seriously. Every time a host or guest would make a derogatory comment about Trump, Republicans or conservatives, Avlon would give it his smarmy smile and his head would … well … bobble up and down.
He was so good at playing into CNN’s anti-Trump narratives that they hired him full time and gave him his own segment to present an anti-Trump prosecution brief on a regular basis. After each prejudicial presentation, anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota would bolster his biased offering with such statements as “That is really great information, John” or “You really bring out the fact so clearly” or “You really tell people what they need to know.”
Avlon builds his case against Trump with selective facts, agonizing interpretations of those facts – while leaving out facts that refute those he presents – and outright disinformation. His “Reality Check” is not meant to educate the public – or to tell both sides of a story. It is to indoctrinate along the lines of the network’s various political false narratives. In short, Avlon is CNN’s chief propagandist. He earns that title despite intense competition form many of the other on-air personalities in the CNN stable.
Avlon used his platform to defend the rise of socialism within the Democratic Party, his favored political entity – and to call out Trump, Republicans and FOX News for criticizing the authoritarian concept. He selected a dictionary definition of socialism as “economic and political theories advocating collective or government ownership and administration of the means of production and distribution of goods.”
That definition, in and of itself, should elicit condemnation of the political theory but he failed to complete the definition. It is also defined as “a transitional social state between the overthrow of capitalism and the realization of Communism.” If you think that is not the ultimate goal, just listen to all those Democrats condemning capitalism these days.
Avlon claims that all those examples of failed socialism that brought deaths and misery at the hands of brutal despots is … old news. Since World War II, he says that world poverty rates have been cut in half – implying that it was due to the rise of socialism in a few countries. Based on a reality check, it would be more accurate to attribute the decline in poverty on capitalism – with nation’s like China and Russia taking on more capitalistic policies.
With the image of Senator Elizabeth Warren in the background, Avalon takes it upon himself to say that free college tuition and government-run healthcare is NOT socialism. He segues into class warfare with an attack on those Senator Bernie Sanders dubs “the one-percenters.”
Avlon goes on to criticize Republicans for “crying wolf” over socialism. He points out that Social Security and Medicare were decried as socialist when they were proposed and now they are popular. Because they have become part of the American economic fabric – and have attained a level of popularity – does not mean that there were not steps toward socialism. They were.
In his conclusion, Avlon declares that criticism of socialism in America is merely “political hype.” Just what a good left-wing propagandist would say.
That is only one example of the type of biased reporting Avlon and CNN pass off as a reality check. Virtually every one of his segments could be refuted in a fact-based counter argument. But those facts are banned and censored by the folks at CNN and that is why their “Reality Check” is anything but …
So, there ‘tis
Throughout the 24/7 news cycle, a legion of Democrats is hyperventilating over the release of the Mueller Report. To a person, they are making fist-pounding demands that Attorney General Robert Barr release the report IMMEDIATELY. They express their mythical “right” to see not only every word of the Mueller Report, but all the backup notes, documents, transcripts, tax returns, tapes, social media postings, files, school records, lists, emails … and Stormy Daniels private phone number.
As proof that the Democrats and the media have not yet learned their lesson, they are out there speculating and hypothecating what MIGHT be in the Report itself. They allege that MAYBE – their favorite sentence starter – Barr has misrepresented what the Report actually says. MAYBE Mueller did not absolve Trump and his campaign from colluding with the Russians. MAYBE there is other information in the Report to show criminality on the part of Trump. MAYBE Muller did not want his bosses at the Justice Department to decide the issue of obstruction of justice. MAYBE he wanted the Report to go to Congress.
They are being entirely disingenuous when they demand the entire report. They know that is not even legally possible. It will be redacted regarding “sources and methods.” There can be no transcript from the secret Grand Jury hearings. No information can be revealed that involves ongoing investigations. There can be no controversy over these issues, but there are other potential redactions.
It is against the rules and policies of the prosecutorial community to reveal any personal information – including derogatory information – about folks who are not indicted. That is why former FBI Director James Comey was severely reprimanded by the agencies’ Inspector General for his Hillary Clinton press conference. And contrary to the opinion of some Democrats, breaking rules does not establish a precedent – as much as the kids may wish that to be true.
If the rules are followed, there can be nary a discouraging word about the President, Donald, Jr., Ivanka, Jared Kushner, Jerome Corsi and a bunch of others who Mueller had no cause to indict – much to the shock of the members of the Trump Resistance Movement, who are currently in mourning.
Then there is the issue of Executive Privilege to be exerted by the President. Regardless of the legitimacy of the action, there will be official objections, and the matter will head to the courts.
What is both strange and offensive about the Democrats’ and the press’ angry demands for the Report is that the Attorney General – from day one – has said that he WILL release the Report “as soon as possible” – a matter of days or weeks, but not months.
Virtually everyone – including the President – has expressed the opinion that the Report should be made public. The only difference is that the rational people are patiently waiting for the AG to do the necessary work and the politically unhinged are running around helter-skelter to get the AG do what he is already doing.
All those indignant demands we see on television are nothing but political posturing – just another false political narrative. Of course, there will be another chorus of outraged Democrats and news personalities when the Report is released – no matter what is says. As the MSNBC slogan says, “It is who they are.”
So, there ‘tis.
President Donald J. Trump is putting the left on notice, basically saying, “now it’s my turn,” and vowing to get to the bottom of the “treasonous acts” that started the now concluded Mueller probe. Even though the Mueller investigation exonerated the President, during an exclusive interview on Hannity, Trump vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to probe his campaign, saying he wants to “get to the bottom” of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began.
Trump told Fox anchor Sean Hannity that his lawyers previously had advised him not to take that dramatic step out of fear that it could be considered obstruction of justice.
“I do, I have plans to declassify and release. I have plans to absolutely release,” Trump said. “I have some very talented people working for me, lawyers, and they really didn’t want me to do it early on. … A lot of people wanted me to do it a long time ago. I’m glad I didn’t do it. We got a great result without having to do it, but we will. One of the reasons that my lawyers didn’t want me to do it, is they said, if I do it, they’ll call it a form of obstruction.”
Trump added, “Frankly, I thought it would be better if we held it to the end. But at the right time, we will be absolutely releasing.”
The Steele Dossier, Treason and Mental Illness
Trump when on to accuse FBI officials of committing “treason” — slamming former FBI Director James Comey as a “terrible guy,” former CIA Director John Brennan as potentially “mentally ill,” and he branded Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as a criminal.
Redacted versions of FISA documents already released have revealed that the FBI extensively relied on documents produced by Christopher Steele, an anti-Trump British ex-spy working for a firm funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee. At least one senior DOJ official had apparent concerns Steele was unreliable, according to text messages exclusively obtained last week by Fox News.
The leaked dossier, and related FBI surveillance of Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, kick-started a media frenzy on alleged Russia-Trump collusion that ended with a whimper on Sunday, when it was revealed Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe concluded finding no evidence of such a conspiracy, despite several offers by Russians to help the Trump campaign. Page was never charged with any wrongdoing, and he is currently suing the DNC for defamation.
“I think Brennan’s a sick person, I really do,” Trump said. “I believe there’s something wrong with him, for him to come out of the CIA and act that way was so disrespectful to the country and to the CIA. He was not considered good at what he did. He was never a respected guy.”
Citing a high-level source, Kentucky GOP Sen. Rand Paul just tweeted that ex-CIA Director John Brennan had internally pushed the dossier.
“When I said there could be somebody spying on my campaign, it went wild out there,” Trump told Hannity. “They couldn’t believe I could say such a thing. As it turned out, that was small potatoes compared to what went on. … Millions and millions [spent] on the phony dossier, and then they used the dossier to start things. It was a fraud, paid for by Hillary Clinton and the Democrats.”
Lara Logan who worked for CBS News, and was a featured contributor for 60 Minutes, was known for covering war-torn spots in the Middle East for the network. However, she parted ways with CBS several months ago and has since been on a crusade to expose the “left-wing bias” in mainstream media.
A few months ago, during a guest appearance on an episode of retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland’s “Mike Drop” podcast, she said, “The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats.”
“Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying,” Logan told Ritland.
More recently, Logan has said that the mainstream media is not allowing President Trump to be “normalized” as the nation’s leader and she accused CNN, among others, of passing off opinions as fact in a recent Fox News interview.
“I’ve never seen the press corps behave the way they do today,” Logan told host Mark Levin on Life, Liberty & Levin. “So, it stands out to me because it’s a departure from what I’ve seen throughout the last three decades. There is something actually much more significant about what you’re seeing happen with the White House press corps.”
Logan added: “Why is [Trump] not allowed to change how the White House operates in terms of its communications and the rules of the White House press corps and how these things happen? He’s not allowed to be seen as an instrument of change. That’s a propaganda talking point of the progressive political movement. He’s not allowed to be normalized as a president. So whatever changes he makes have to be resisted by the Resistance.”
Logan Not Alone in Her Complaints About The Media
Of course, Logan is not alone in her charges against the mainstream media. President Trump himself often refers to CNN and others as “Fake News.” But Logan is one of the few journalists from the “inside” that say the left leaning bias is real. However, she is not entirely alone in her assessment. Logan said she was “cheering” when former ABC News “Nightline” anchor Ted
Koppel told an audience earlier this month that President Trump was not mistaken that the “establishment press” was out to get him.
“I know I’m not the only journalist who’s watching in horror as opinion and pejorative language is passed off as fact,” Logan said.
The former 60 Minutes reporter also criticized CNN Tonight host Don Lemon for not admitting he is an “opinion person,” and called CNN’s chief media correspondent Brian Stelter “anti-Fox.”
“I was wondering myself this morning … Is Don Lemon an opinion person? Like, I know Sean Hannity is [on the] right, he makes no secret of it. So does Tucker Carlson. So does Laura Ingram. But what about Don Lemon? Is he an opinion person? Rachel Maddow, I know where she sits. So what about people like Don Lemon … There’s a lot of opinion in his show,” Logan told Levin. “In fact, it’s almost all opinion from beginning to end and Stelter, who is the media guy… appears to be the anti-Fox guy.”
The Anti-Right Problem Goes Deeper Than the Media
Echoing President Trump’s recent Executive Order forcing “free speech” on college campuses, Logan also told Levin that America’s academic institutions and newsrooms lacked political diversity.
“It’s no secret that the vast majority of academic institutions in this country are liberal,” Logan said. “So what bothers me is that one political ideology dominates all of your academic, almost all, of your academic institutions. And that same political ideology dominates all of your newsrooms, almost all, of your newsrooms. I mean, let’s face it, until Fox News in television. Where did you go if you weren’t a liberally minded moderate, if you, like, if you wanted to hear an alternative point of view or a conservative point of view?”
Now that Trump has been “totally exonerated” by the Mueller Report, will he issue pardons to any of his associates who got scooped up in the probe?
As of now, The White House is not talking about possible pardons for individuals who may have been caught during Mueller’s’ “fishing expedition,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said.
“There’s no discussion of that taking place at this point,” Sanders told reporters outside the White House when asked explicitly about future pardons for Paul Manafort, former Trump campaign chairman, and Roger Stone, President Trump’s longtime informal adviser.
The 2-year long Mueller investigation did result in indictments of 34 people and three Russian companies. Six of those individuals were close to Trump, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign official Rick Gates, Manafort, and Stone.
Will There Be Any Presidential Pardons?
Now, following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings — including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign – there has been much speculation as to whether Trump would issue pardons for those associates and advisers who were closest to him.
In the case of Manafort in particular, Trump has been steadfast that the charges against him had nothing to do with collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. The president told reporters last month he feels “very badly” for his former campaign chairman but hadn’t given a thought to whether he will pardon him.
“It’s not something that’s right now on my mind,” Trump said.
The long-awaited report that marked the end of the Mueller investigation was issued on Friday, March 22. Two days later on Sunday, Attorney General Bill Barr issued a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s conclusions.
The investigation, Barr wrote, “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
Mueller did not determine whether Trump obstructed justice, leaving that question to Barr. But the attorney general told lawmakers he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence from Mueller’s probe “is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.”
According to the summary released by Attorney General William Barr, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election found there was no conspiracy involving Donald Trump or his campaign.
“The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign,” read the four-page letter by Attorney General William Barr summarizing “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s investigation. The letter was sent to leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees Sunday afternoon, two days after Mueller delivered the confidential report to Barr.
While Barr’s letter also drew no final conclusions about whether or not the president obstructed justice, President Trump and his legal team are taking the final report as a complete victory.
“After a long look, after a long investigation, after so many people have been so badly hurt, after not looking at the other side where a lot of bad things happened…it was just announced there was no collusion with Russia, the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard,”
Trump told reporters before he boarded Air Force One in Palm Beach, Florida where he finally broke his silence days after the end of the two-year investigation into possible collusion between his campaign and the Russian government.
“It was a complete and total exoneration,” said Trump. “It’s a shame that our country had to go through this. To be honest it’s a shame that your president had to go through this.”
Trump Turns the Tables on Mueller?
Now, following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s key findings — including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign – it seems that the president is seeking once again to turn the tables on Mueller, by renewing calls to investigate the investigators.
“Hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side,” Trump said. “This was an illegal takedown that failed, and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side.”
In case it wasn’t clear what he meant by that statement, Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told Fox News an investigation should be launched into how the investigation began.
“He was being investigated for a crime that never happened,” Giuliani said. “There was never any collusion.”
Giuliani added, “There has to be a full and complete investigation, with at least as much enthusiasm as this one, to figure out where did this charge emanate, who started it, who paid for it.”
The former New York mayor specifically called out one of Trump’s most vocal critics, Rep. Adam Schiff, asking the California lawmaker where the evidence of collusion is that Schiff has said he has.
“Where is Schiff’s evidence?” Giuliani asked. “Where is it? In his head?”
Trump has maintained all along that he never colluded with Russia during the 2016 campaign. He has long decried the Mueller probe as a “witch hunt” while attacking the FBI figures who launched the original Russia probe that was eventually taken over by Mueller in 2017. Trump and his legal team have also questioned what role the unverified and salacious anti-Trump “dossier” played in the probe’s beginnings.
Austrian Chancellor’s Removes Radical Mosques and Imams – Western Governments Should Follow his Lead
Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s Chancellor and the world’s youngest leader at 31-years-old, announced Friday that he would shut down seven mosques and deport up to 60 Turkish backed radical imams and their families back to their homelands due to breaches of a law that bans ‘political Islam’.
The imams facing expulsion are all accused of receiving foreign capital.
The move taken by the 31-year-old Chancellor and Chairman of the Austrian People’s Party has enraged Turkish officials in Ankara.
Ibrahim Kalin, a spokesperson for the Turkish president, slammed Kurz in a tweet, saying that, “Austria’s decision to shut down numerous mosques and deport imams with a lame excuse is a reflection of the anti-Islam, racist and discriminatory populist wave in this country. Kalin went on to say that the Austrian government was ‘in violation of universal legal principles, social integration policies, minority rights and the ethics of coexistence’. As if the Turkish government knew anything about these things.
Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) expressed that this is “just the beginning” of a concerted effort to combat radical Islam and overseas funding of religious groups who aren’t socially compatible with Western democracy.
At a recent press conference in Vienna, the Austrian Chancellor stated that “Political Islam’s parallel societies and radicalizing tendencies have no place in our country.”
The seven mosques were closed due to suspicions of links to Islamic extremism after photos surfaced of kids as young as four-years-old being made to wear Turkish military uniforms and salute the Turkish flag at a mosque in the Favoriten district of Vienna.
Austria, which is home to around 9 million people, currently hosts 600,000 Muslims inside of its borders – many of which are of Turkish descent.
Tensions between Austria and Turkey are nothing new. Last year, during the Turkish referendum to expand Erdoğan’s presidential powers, Austria expressed that it wouldn’t allow any campaign-related happening to go on within its borders. Before that, relations were strained due to Austria’s unwavering opposition to Turkey’s bid to join the European Union.
Baby boomer politicians in the United States, Germany, France, Britain and elsewhere in the West would do well to follow the millennial Chancellor’s heroic lead.
The spread of political Islam and Islamic fundamentalism and extremism in the Occident is a problem that must be addressed. Western democracy, culture, and tradition are simply incompatible with political Islam. Political Islam is neither tolerant nor inclusive. Therefore, neither should we be with respect to it. The sooner its backers and ideological propagators can be removed from Western nations, the better off everyone will be.
On Wednesday, March 20th, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) bloc suspended Hungary’s governing right-wing populist Fidesz party as the conflict between globalists inside the EU and Viktor Orbán climaxed in the European parliament.
After weeks of deliberation over Fidesz’ destiny inside of the transnational bloc, the EPP voted to suspend the party instead of kicking them out like many had thought they would do.
Leaked documents which surfaced on social media divulged that the EPP drafted a proposal which looked to force Fidesz’s into complying with the demands of globalist forces inside of the European Union.
Included in the proposal was a list of ‘conditions’ that the EPP expected the Hungarians to satisfy. These conditions included things like ending their ‘fake news’ campaign against preeminent globalist and the President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Junker, and refraining from any ‘attacks’ of this nature in the future.
The document stated that until Orban’s Fidesz party acquiesces to and implements these demands, their membership in the EPP will be discontinued, meaning they will be unable to vote or hold positions inside of the voting bloc.
The feud between Fidesz and EPP first began in February when the Hungarian government ran a nation-wide poster campaign which depicted Jean-Claude Juncker, the head of the European Commission, as a tool of billionaire globalist George Soros, serving his open borders, pro-mass immigration policies.
For some years now, the Hungarian government and Soros have had an intensely adversarial relationship. Orban’s Fidesz party first launched a nationwide billboard and television advertising campaign which targeted the Hungarian-born American billionaire in the summer of 2017. The campaign used an image of a laughing George Soros with the slogan ‘Let’s not allow Soros to have the last laugh!’ Orban has long accused Soros and his Open Society Foundations of interfering with domestic affairs in Hungary.
Last year, Central European University, a Soros-funded higher education institution which propagates a globalist, neo-Marxist ideology, was made to leave Budapest due to applied pressure from the Fidesz-led Hungarian government.
Fidesz’s recent poster campaign against Soros and Juncker was condemned by globalist EU officials and centrist members of the EPP, who accused Orbán’s party of employing fear-mongering tactics and propagating ‘conspiracy theories.’ Some individuals inside of the bloc called for apologies from Orbán, threatening that Fidesz wouldn’t have a place in the EPP without one.
But Orbán stood firm and argued that the projected electoral success of right-wing populist, anti-mass immigration parties in the upcoming European Parliamentary elections should make members in the center-right bloc more empathetic to Fidesz’s point of view.
The only thing Orbán did apologize for was calling members of the EPP as ‘useful idiots’ for siding with their left-wing globalist peers and supposed opponents ahead of May’s election.