While those of us who are old enough to remember the Cold War sometimes feel a disorienting dissonance when Republicans suck up to a Russian autocrat, the explanation is pretty simple:
Note to Max Boot: they aren’t apologists as much as authoritarians who want a Putin like autocrat to lead this country. Thats what they liked about you know who and this is why they’ll continue to destroy our democratic institutions https://t.co/7prYx0JE7B pic.twitter.com/so2m63EMB0
— Look here, Jack (@realworldrj) February 24, 2022
This isn’t new. Tucker Carlson was broadcasting from Budapest last summer. From an 8/7/2021 NYT article:
The visit by Mr. Carlson, the top-rated host on the Rupert Murdoch-owned Fox News, bolsters Mr. Orban’s mission to establish Budapest as an ideological center for what he sees as an international conservative movement.
For Mr. Carlson, the Hungary trip was an opportunity to put Mr. Orban, whom he admires, on the map for his viewers back home, a conservative audience that may be open to the sort of illiberalism promoted by the Hungarian leader.
Open to it? The hard right in the U.S. have been lapping this shit up at home and abroad for decades!
The choice is authoritarianism vs. democracy, and they’ve picked a side. The question is will their fellow citizens see it.