Many in the West still fail to understand that Fidesz is a significantly more extremist party than Jobbik. Some of the founders of Fidesz, most notably Zsolt Bayer, one of the country’s most popular columnists and a close friend of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, publishes the type of explicit hate speech and vitriol that almost nobody else dares to express, including most Jobbik politicians. The Orbán government has never distanced itself from Mr. Bayer. This week, in response to the recent attacks in Europe (including the shooting in Munich, which was carried out by 18 year old Ali David Sonboly, born in Germany, with a history of mental illness and with no known ties to any Islamist group), Mr. Bayer wrote the following in the Magyar Hírlap daily, in the form of an open letter to Chancellor Angela Merkel:
“Today, in Lower Saxony, the birthrate stands at 0.3%. In other words: white women are no longer giving birth. Only we have lost the instinct of self-sustainability and racial maintenance. And your type responds to this by suggesting that we accept millions of wildly foreign people who are impossible to integrate, who are ready to reproduce, and then let them loose on our own aging societies, which are showing signs of unsustainability. And it does not matter that amongst the millions are terrorists, because all you are able to keep squealing is that not all migrants are terrorists. If I send you a nice big bowl of chocolates, and I inform you that I only poisoned ten of them, what would you do? Would you sit in your armchair and while watching on television who happened to die today because of you, take a big handful of the chocolates and start eating them, or would you throw the whole lot into the garbage?”
Then Mr. Bayer added:
“Why do you think that we, European citizens, must tolerate your migrant insanity with a glassy stare and with stupidity? We will not tolerate it. We will not tolerate it, even if your press is precisely as free as back in the days of the Third Reich. And if you still have a little bit of a conscience, you should apologize to all victims in Munich, including to the relatives of the 15 year old Hungarian boy.”
The publicist is referring to a boy presented in the media only as “Robertó R.,” a Hungarian citizen, who was killed by the shooter at the McDonald’s in Munich.
The more moderate, conservative Mandiner website re-published excerpts of Mr. Bayer’s piece. but when one of the site’s young journalists, András Stumpf, shared the section, where Muslims are compared to a bowl of poisoned chocolates that must be thrown into the garbage, a number of readers on Facebook were outraged. One, by the name of Amália Orosz, wrote: “It’s astounding to compares masses of humans to a box of chocolates that can be thrown into the garbage. Can someone really consider himself to be a Christian for whom human life equals a box of sweets? When it comes to human life, we do all that we can to separate the guilty from the innocent. We have done this basically since the Middle Ages.”
Another Facebook user, János Szabó, implored Mr. Stumpf “not to disappoint us, who read your writings with pleasure, and do not disappoint yourself: Do not associate yourself with this style!”
Mr. Stumpf responded, with an answer that is increasingly common in Hungary’s morally repugnant public discourse: “I did not write this. Zsolt Bayer did. I do not only share writings with which I fully agree. But his comparison is not bad and I do not believe that it is inhumane. When millions of people from a different culture, religion and language suddenly head towards Europe, the one and only healthy and intelligent answer is: ‘sorry, but for you, we are closed.”
This is the voice of Hungary’s moderate right, and an example of how they embrace, explain and justify the most extreme views.