Romney slams Tucker Carlson's trip to Hungary with Viktor Orbán

Romney slams Tucker Carlson's trip to Hungary with Viktor Orbán
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Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) recently pushed back against Fox News' Tucker Carlson over his Viktor Orbán trip.

Speaking at Brigham Young University's Wheatley Institution in Utah to commemorate the anniversary of the Constitution, Romney issued a warning about the "guardrails" of America's Constitution being at risk.

At one point during his speech, the Republican lawmaker criticized the Fox News primetime host's trip to Hungary to interview right-wing Prime Minister Viktor Orbán. Romney said. "A prominent TV pundit traveled to Hungary to extol Viktor Orbán as a model for us to emulate."

"Orbán censors the media in his country ignores the will of the people in elections, amasses wealth for himself and his cronies. Hungary is ranked as one of the least free, least democratic countries in the developed world," the senator said.

"Hungary, a model for America?"

Orbán's Hungarian government has been deeply criticizing for undermining democracy and kneecapping the free press. Back in August, Carlson was broadcasted from Hungary when he visited its capital of Budapest. During his interview with the prime minister, he praised him for his leadership.

Referencing the deadly U.S. Capitol riots that unfolded on January 6, Romeny expressed concern about the potential threats to democracy in the United States.

"Our resolve to follow the Constitution's path, avoiding the perils of authoritarianism on one hand and pure democracy on the other, is wavering. No more stunning evidence of this was the attempt to prevent the lawful and constitutional transfer of power on January 6," he said.

Romney added, "It followed from the President of the United States claiming that the election had been stolen from him. His purported evidence spun from pillar to post, from counterfeit ballots imported from China, to stuffed ballot boxes, to dead voters, to voting machines manipulated from afar."

The Republican lawmaker expressed how important it is for the U.S. to defend its democracy against threats of authoritarianism. "The Founders gave us a Republic. As Benjamin Franklin said, it is up to us to keep it," Romney concluded.

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