Rep. Colin Allred and other North Texas Democrats condemned Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas yesterday.
At a press conference Friday, Allred, state Reps. Jasmine Crockett and Rhetta Andrews Bowers, and other Democrats lambasted Texas Republicans for sharing the stage with the authoritarian leader as the second day of the event kicked off across town at the Hilton Anatole.
Allred, who represents northeastern Dallas County in Congress, said he condemned Orbán’s appearance at CPAC, but it shouldn’t be just him speaking out against the leader.
“The fact that our governor, that our lieutenant governor and our former president are going to share a stage with this authoritarian should be a shame for all of us, as Americans and as Texas,” Allred said.
Former President Donald Trump will headline the conference, and is slated to speak on Saturday night.
Orbán has been described as increasingly authoritarian and autocratic by democracy groups. Ahead of his appearance at CPAC, Orbán denounced race-mixing, comments which led one of his aides to resign.
“What was the most troubling part of his speech yesterday in Dallas, was that he argued that U.S. conservatives, and his efforts in Hungary, are fighting the same battle,” Allred said. “They’re on the same side. This is somebody who just recently said that Europe was becoming mixed-race, and he was fighting against that.”
In his speech at the conference, Orbán told the crowd that Western civilization is under attack.
“The West is at war with itself,” Orbán told the audience at CPAC on Thursday. “We have seen what kind of future the globalist voting bloc has to offer. But we have a different future in mind. The globalists can all go to hell, I have come to Texas.”
Crockett, who is running for Congress in Texas’s 30th congressional district, said voters have a choice between right and wrong in the upcoming midterm elections, and attacked Gov. Abbott over his response to the shooting in Uvalde that left 21 people dead.
“What we saw was a governor who was wrong, a governor who was consistently wrong, a governor who showed up for this authoritarian, but did not show up for Texans when their children were killed,” she said.
As they decried CPAC, Democrats made their pitch for the Nov. 8 midterms. While the races for the governorship and other offices are tighter than in the past, polls still show Republicans coming out on top in Texas.
Dallas County Democratic Party Chair Kristy Noble argued that there is room in the party for a broad coalition of voters, a strategy the Democrats are counting on to recapture statewide office for the first time in over 20 years.
“Anyone who hears us now, whether you’re a Democrat, you consider yourself a moderate, or you’re a Republican who doesn’t understand or doesn’t recognize the party that you used to love, we are here for you,” she said.