CNSNews.com is not the only ConWeb outlet to fall madly in love with Viktor Orban, Hungary's right-wing authoritarian leader. Chuck Norris touted his "bromance" with Orban in his Dec. 2 WorldNetDaily column. He kicked things off with press clippings and self-aggrandizement:
You might have heard in the news that my wife, Gena, and I spent time this past week with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán in the country’s great capital city of Budapest.
The Washington Post reported, “Hungary’s strongman leader has a new American friend.”
Breitbart News reported, “Brussels Beware: ‘Street Fighter’ Orbán Teams Up with Action Man Chuck Norris in Hungary.”
Russia’s RT network reported, “Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was spotted hanging out with none other than Hollywood actor and walking epitome of badassery, Chuck Norris. They cruised around Budapest as Orbán showed off the nation’s anti-terrorism unit.”
Sputnik news reported, “‘Badass’ Chuck Norris Spotted Bromancing with Hungarian PM Orbán.”
CNN similarly reported, “Move over Vladimir Putin and Steven Seagal, there’s a new strongman bromance brewing.”
I don’t know about a bromance, but he is certainly our newfound friend. Or as Gena echoed when we said goodbye to the prime minister: “ Friends forever“!
It was so great to spend the day with Orbán as he personally drove us around the capital city of Budapest. It was our first time in the country, and, boy, was it beautiful. And the people were remarkable! We saw many sites, including the bridge over the Danube that was almost named after me.
Interesting that two of the outlets Norris invokes -- RT and Sputnik -- are Russian propaganda operations.
Norris also does som serious sucking up to Orban:
Prime Minister Orbán is a staunch conservative all the way, from protecting his borders to espousing Christian values and even establishing a “Stop [George] Soros” law. He was just reelected for the third time in a landslide victory. He’s very popular among the common people, though progressives vehemently dislike him.
At one point PM Orbán said to me, “90 percent of the comments on me is negative … the liberals hate me.”
I replied, “You’re like [U.S. President Donald] Trump.”
He retorted, “A little bit more than that!”
He also explained to me that: “I am a street fighter basically, I’m not coming from the elite.” He’s also a brilliant street fighter, having been educated at Oxford University[.]
The Prime Minister posted a video of different aspects of our day together on his Facebook page. You can watch it here.
Norris is not going to mention that Orban's attacks on Soros are based on fringe conspiracy theories.
Norris closed his column with a message to his wife, who accompanied him on this junket: "Happy Anniversary, my love and best friend! As great as it was to be in Hungary, my bromance with Prime Minister Viktor Orbán can’t hold a match to my romance with you!"
Oh, we don't know about that -- his bromance with Orban is strong enough that he's more than willing to act as as his shill.