President Joe Biden has once again snubbed conservative-led Hungary from his “Summit for Democracy,” an event with a guest list of 120 countries.
For the second year in a row, Biden has excluded Hungary from this event — which will supposedly “showcase the role of cities and subnational governments in the affirmation of democratic values and renewal of democracy worldwide,” according to the State Department.
Biden has attacked Hungary several times in the past. In October 2020, just one month before the presidential election, Biden claimed that the country’s conservative, anti-woke government — led by Prime Minister Viktor Orban — was “totalitarian.”
“You see what’s happening from Belarus through Poland and Hungary and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world,” then-candidate Biden claimed, likely referring to the fact that Poland and Hungary have not signed on to the left-wing agenda, including not recognizing gay marriage and having laws restricting gay adoption.
"You see what's happening in everything from Belarus to Poland to Hungary and the rise of totalitarian regimes in the world and this president embraces all the thugs in the world," said @JoeBiden at his town hall event last night pic.twitter.com/Ix8R8bhQNc
— Notes from Poland 🇵🇱 (@notesfrompoland) October 16, 2020
Biden also called the Hungarian prime minister a “thug,” and Orban appeared in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson to clap back at the president and talk about his country’s morals and values.
The numerous slights against Hungary under Biden’s leadership include the administration’s termination of the 1979 income tax treaty between Hungary and the U.S. — which will end in January 2024. The White House reportedly ended the treaty in response to Orban’s opposition to a European Union directive that sought to force a global minimum corporate tax rate of 15%.
In a press release, Biden’s Treasury Department claimed it ended the treaty in response to Hungary’s “Avoidance of Double Taxation and the Prevention of Fiscal Evasion with Respect to Taxes on Income.”
Hungary’s government also passed a law in 2021 that the left took offense to, which banned the use of materials promoting homosexuality and gender transition at schools. Roughly two weeks ago, Hungarian Justice Minister Judit Varga announced that the government would be fighting in the EU’s Court of Justice to defend the education law.
Orban spoke at CPAC in August 2022, where he defended traditional marriage and advocated for protecting children.
“We must take back the institutions in Washington and in Brussels. … To sum up, the mother is a woman. The father is a man, and leave our kids alone, full stop, end of discussion,” he said.
Meanwhile, Biden isn’t the only American who has taken aim at Orban’s conservative government.
According to The Daily Wire: “In October 2022, Péter Márki-Zay, Orbán’s biggest opponent, admitted that his Hungary for All Movement (MMM) had received millions of euros from the United States during his election campaign, funds reportedly transferred to his movement via an American foundation called Action for Democracy. He admitted his movement used the funds to pay for campaign bills.”
Targets of this foundation reportedly included Italy, Brazil, Hungary and Poland, all of whom were led by conservative governments at the time.