Trump basher, racist Sir Roger Scruton is awarded by Viktor Orbán

Sir Roger Scruton does not mince words. In a 2017 Hungary Today interview Scruton attacked President Trump’s intelligence: “He doesn’t have any thoughts that are longer than 140 characters.” (Read here)

In another interview he talked disparagingly about the Chinese people and declared that they were “robots” and “each Chinese person is a replica of the next one and that is a very frightening thing.”

Sir Roger also has a curious preoccupation with George Soros and Hungary’s “Jewish intelligentsia.”  He claimed that the “Jews of Hungary” were conspiring against Orbán via an “extensive networks around the Soros Empire.”   He talked extensively about “the Soros instigated conspiracy against Hungary” and said that Soros opposed Orbán’s nationalism because he is Jewish.

Sir Roger Scruton

Scruton also had unkind words about Islam, by saying “the Hungarians were extremely alarmed by the sudden invasion of huge tribes of Muslims from the Middle East”.  Of course Hungary was never threatened by an invasion of huge tribes of Muslims.  Actually many of the fleeing Syrian refugees crossing Hungary were Christians.  (More about Scruton’s comments here)

Sir Roger’s insults received cheers in Viktor Orbán’s circles since the philosopher’s thoughts supported the authoritarian regime’s policies.

On December 3, 2019 Hungarian Ambassador Kristóf Szalay-Bobrovniczky welcomed friends and guests at the Embassy in London and announced that the Commander’s Cross with the Star of the Order of Merit, the highest Hungarian civilian decoration would be awarded to Scruton. Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was there to warmly praise the philosopher.

Sir Roger Scruton

Orbán emphasized that Scruton “did not blindly support the idea of open societies” and he “foresaw the threat of illegal migration and defended Hungary against unjust critics.”   Translation: Scruton supported Orbán’s anti-Semitic anti-Soros campaign and did not object to Hungary’s inhumane treatment of refugees.

Just recently British-born Fiona Hill, Trump’s former security official overseeing Europe and Russia, testified that the “anti-Semitic trope against Mr. Soros was also created for political purposes, and this is the new Protocols of The Elders of Zion.” According to Hill the Soros conspiracy theory “was outrageous” and at the heart of the smear campaign against former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. (Also supported by PM Orbán.)

At the award ceremony Scruton seemed to be frail as he sat in a wheelchair.  His head was shaven, his signature bushy hair was gone.

No one questions that Sir Roger is a remarkable intellect but as he has become more famous (and rich) his comments have turned increasingly arrogant and hurtful.  Scruton was craving media attention. To make headlines he started to play the role of a racist “shock jock” just like his friend Viktor Orbán.

They found each other.


György Lázár

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