US has no basis to lecture anyone on democracy after efforts to remove Trump from the ballot, says Hungary’s foreign minister

By Dénes Albert
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The Hungarian government will no longer accept any criticism from the United States due to the state of democracy in the United States, with officials and government entities working to exclude likely presidential candidate, Donald Trump, from the election race there, said Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Péter Szijjártó while in Budapest on Thursday.

According to a statement by the ministry, the minister, answering journalists’ questions at a joint press conference with his northern Macedonian counterpart on recent developments in U.S. domestic politics, asked all members of the U.S. administration to “put their lecturing statements on the state of Hungarian democracy in the drawer.”

“From now on we don’t want to hear from the Americans about how democracy works here, how the institutions work, what about the rule of law. Because if it can be done to disqualify one of the biggest contenders in the election, from now on we will not accept any criticism from this country about the functioning of our political system,” he said.

There are currently a variety of efforts underway to exclude Trump entirely from the race, including a number of indictments and criminal trials that could see Trump spend the rest of his life in prison. However, there are also moves to remove Trump entirely from the ballot in a variety of states through legally dubious methods.

Given that Trump is leading Biden in a verity of polls, include the latest poll from CNN, there are growing concerns that the leading contender for president in 2024 will not even have a chance to run, thus thwarting the democratic will of the U.S. population.

‘This war would not have broken out’

Szijjártó also pointed out that Trump’s exclusion would be very bad news because he can be trusted when it comes to peace-building, as he was the only one in recent decades who was successful in settling the situation in the Middle East and keeping Russia at bay.

“I think we have every right to be confident that if Donald Trump were president of the United States, we would very quickly have peace in our neighborhood. We are also convinced that if Donald Trump had remained president of the United States, this war would not have broken out,” he said. “So it would be very bad news for us, as peace activists, if the efforts in the United States to exclude the most likely presidential candidate were successful.”

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