He wears a similar dark suit, white shirt, and plain tie, though orange rather than Trump’s signature red. He gave the same thumbs up as Trump when they took the picture.
But whatever welcome he gets from the CPAC audience in Dallas, the situation at home is showing cracks.
Orban has since said he is not racist or anti-Semitic but his talk on racial purity has raised alarm bells in his capital, Budapest, where Jews are persecuted and murdered. damage during World War II.
Rabbi Robert Frolich of the city’s historic Dohany Street Synagogue said Orban’s words were too close to home, especially to older members of his congregation.
“Most of them are Holocaust survivors,” he told CNN. “They’re worried. They’ve heard this before and it doesn’t end well.”
According to economist Zoltan Pogatsa, his economic policies have won his favor, but with rising inflation, that is starting to change.
“In the long run, yes, I think Orban is still popular but at this particular moment I think more people are doubting him than ever,” he said.
At Budapest’s central market, opinions differ.
“Honestly, Viktor Orban isn’t even popular in our country,” says David Horvath, a juice seller.
But Margaretta Krajnik, a butcher, asks differently. “Viktor Orban is doing everything for his people,” she said. “He loves his people.”
Here, it was a divisive decision. In Dallas, the welcome of American conservatives could have been more effective.