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In his speech, Orbán said that “we lived through the past nine or ten years having a trowel in one hand and a sword in the other”. In reaction to this, analyst Zoltán Lakner posted on his Facebook page a quote from infamous Hungarian communist leader Mátyás Rákosi from 1948, in which he said “Unfortunately, reactionary Hungarian powers have forced us to carry building tools in one hand and a sword in the other”.
In response to Lakner’s post, Orbán’s press secretary Bertalan Havasi pointed out that Orbán was in fact quoting a passage from the Bible: “The laborers who carried the loads worked with one hand and held a weapon with the other.” (Nehemiah 4:18)
“We recommend that in addition to the collected works of Rákosi, Mr. Lakner would do well to also place a Bible on his nightstand,” Havasi said.
Title image: Trowel and sword