U.S. talk show host Tucker Carlson’s latest documentary on the political landscape in Hungary spent considerable time focusing on the strength of influence held by billionaire investor George Soros, while exploring the current government’s commitment to the promotion of conservative family values and combating mass migration.
Hungary vs. Soros: The Fight for Civilization was released late on Thursday and is the latest in the Tucker Carlson Originals series. Upon his arrival in Budapest, Carlson can be seen discussing the extent to which Hungarian-born American, George Soros, has sway over the political narrative both across Europe and the United States.
The influence of George Soros
Carlson claims that through Soros’ “network of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), he has spent billions trying to eliminate national borders, to oust democratically-elected leaders and install ideological-aligned puppets in the positions of power.”
“This is his main hunting area,” adds Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. “He represents everything that is not good for this country.”
Carlson explains that Soros’ efforts to undermine democracy and control the narrative have been “remarkably effective.”
“In the United States he has installed radical prosecutors who refuse to enforce the law. In Europe, he tried to topple democratically-elected governments in Georgia, Romania and Ukraine. He’s spent vast sums of money encouraging Europe and the United States to accept millions of foreign migrants,” Carlson adds.
However, despite Soros waging a “political, social and demographic war on the West,” one unlikely country is fighting back, Carlson explains. “That country is Hungary.”
In a director’s pan of the Hungarian capital, Budapest, the city is praised for well-preserved architecture, and Carlson highlights bullet holes clearly visible in some structures which he insists are “a reminder of how many times this country has been dominated by foreign powers.”
The documentary proceeds to detail the “long experience” that Hungarians have of being occupied, referencing the Ottoman Turks who dominated Hungary for centuries and more recently the Soviet occupation following World War II.
Carlson sits down with Hungarian premier, Viktor Orbán, who admits to the Fox News political commentator that he believes George Soros to be a “very talented Hungarian man, but we are not only talented for good things but we are talented for bad things as well.”
Orbán is seen slamming Soros for disrespecting Hungarian traditions and possessing a “philosophical ideological conviction” that Orbán claims Soros wants to force on to Hungarians to transform their lives.
The border wall success
The documentary moves on to focus on the successes of the current government under Viktor Orbán, referencing the rapid construction of its external border wall which drastically reduced the level of illegal immigration at the peak of the migrant crisis in 2015.
“Hungary is not the richest country in Europe but they somehow managed to build a border wall in about 20 minutes,” Carlson explains as he conducts a helicopter tour of the external border. He explains how construction took as little as three months, beginning in June 2015 and being completed by September 2015, a government policy which saw illegal crossings into Hungary drop to almost zero.
On a tour of the fence by the Hungarian border patrol, Carlson reveals that the construct is not in fact that advanced. It comprises of three components: concertina wire, a 4-foot electrified fence, and two black wires which act as motion sensors that alert authorities who can then monitor the affected area and choose whether or not to dispatch border police.
Governmental support to conserve family values
Declining birth rates across Europe have proven to be a challenge for many nations, the documentary explains, adding that most governments are either ignoring the worrying trend or choosing to import new citizens through mass migration.
“We do not like that approach,” Orbán tells Carlson. “We do not want to leave this country to migrants, we want to leave this country to our grandchildren.”
This will be the Orbán legacy; the introduction of government policy designed to implement a strong family ethos and encourage procreation.
“We don’t have to import children. We have to concentrate on helping our own people to be able to raise their children,” explains Katalin Novák, Hungary’s government minister responsible for overseeing family policy.
The documentary explains how the government aims to support young couples and reward those who have children.
Hungarians can obtain interest-free credit worth approximately $30,000 which does not need to be paid back if they have three or more children. Student loans for those who have three or more children are written off, and mothers with four or more children enjoy a lifelong exemption on personal income tax.
Housing subsidies are also available to large families, in addition to financial support to acquire large people carriers.
“We have the highest increase in birth rates in the whole of the European Union, 24 percent in the last 10 years,” boasts Novák.
Media criticism of Orbán’s approach
In response to the number of global media outlets who broadcast criticism of the Hungarian government over its commitment to conservative values, Orbán tells Carlson they are simply “lovers of the global approach. They don’t like national identity, they think that national identity belongs to the past.”
Orbán debunks the myth peddled by the liberal mainstream media that his government has censored the country’s media, a slur he describes as “fake.”
“It’s a lie,” Orbán insists. “I went to the place where the papers are distributed and I asked the shopkeeper to give all the papers which are criticizing me. Far more against us than for us! So it’s obvious on an everyday experience that the media is critical of the Hungarian government.”
Carlson concludes the feature-length documentary by calling the forthcoming general election in Hungary the “defining battle between Viktor Orbán and George Soros,” and questions Orbán on the extent he believes the Western liberals will attempt to interfere in the election.
“That will happen,” the Hungarian premier claims. “We’re not worried about that, we are prepared for that. The international left will do everything they can do to change the government here in Hungary.”
Hungarians will head to the polls on April 3.