We have to talk about the GOP welcoming authoritarian Viktor Orbán to CPAC this week and lavishing him with standing ovations.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
Orbán is teaching Republicans, step-by-step, how to destroy democracy and assert unquestioned control.
For all of the coverage of Republican extremism, one thing that continually gets lost is that their radicalization is part of a larger, international project to literally destroy liberal democracy.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
This is a traceable project and it's vital we understand and recognize it.
For years now Orbán's illiberal state in Hungary has been welcoming Republicans to come and glimpse what is possible should they overthrow democracy.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
That relationship was consummated in Dallas and is speeding toward a list of achievable goals.
What the Right recognizes, and what many liberals and institutionalists still want to deny, is that our system is reaching a point of crisis in which things will change, possibly in radical ways.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
As a result, Orbán/the GOP have a headstart in trying to control that change.
What's disturbing is that the Right hasn't hid what they intend to do. They've broadcast it, spoken about it openly, told their base and viewers over and over that they intend to dismantle democracy and create an authoritarian state.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
It's way past time we stop denying this.
CPAC recently went to Hungary and featured Orbán, who literally said, in so many words, he was going to teach the GOP how to replicate what he's done there.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
This trip to America was the next step and a rollout of the American embrace of this project. We must pay attention.
The basis of Orbán's strategy is to frame it as a "protection of Western Civilization," a narrative Tucker Carlson and the GOP are already embracing.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
It's a story that legitimizes violence, intimidation, and the intentional dismantling of democracy.
The story is this: liberal democracies are weak and vulnerable to attacks and subterfuge. They have to be destroyed in order to 'save' Western Civilization.— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) August 5, 2022
This is a framing that has been used by authoritarians successfully, including fascists and Nazis.
There is a grain of truth to this.
It is why I am featuring the tongue-in-cheek Homelander banner on the site.
Over the past three years, millions of White conservative normies have become so radicalized that there isn’t much difference anymore between them and us in rhetoric and issue polling. You don’t have to wall yourself off from mainstream society inside a weird subcultural ghetto anymore. The number of radicals outside of the ghetto in the “mainstream” is exploding.