In the spirit of the upcoming US elections, the New York Young Republicans Club held its traditional year-end gala on Saturday, 9 December, in cooperation with Hungarian co-organizers, which featured a speech by Former President Donald Trump.
Approximately a thousand guests, including numerous conservative public figures, politicians, business leaders, and influencers, gathered at the gala for one of the oldest Republican clubs in the United States, held in Manhattan in New York City, New York.
The main speech of the evening was delivered by none other than President Donald Trump,
who is once again running for the Republican presidential nomination. In his one-hour address, Trump expressed, among other things, that the 2024 presidential election will be even more crucial for the United States than usual.
He noted that in 2016, his immigration policy was the key factor that brought him to power, and then went on to argue that the United States is currently facing a much deeper migration crisis than before. He accused the current US government of using its institutions as weapons against its political opponents and referred to the claim that he, Donald Trump, poses a threat to democracy as the ‘latest scam.’
Miklós Szánthó, co-organizer of the event and director of the Centre for Fundamental Rights, delivered a welcome speech in which he emphasized that Hungary is part of the West. He also stressed the importance of collaboration with American Republicans, who, as a supplement to Hungarian political experience, can contribute to American political strength. He formulated that the fundamental elements of the ‘cocktail recipe symbolizing the Hungarian right’ are the trinity of ‘God, family, and homeland,’ with the ‘spice’ being national identity, national pride, and border protection. He stated that traditional Judeo-Christian communities play a crucial role in Hungary, where the institution of marriage and the upbringing of children are most significant.
Hungarian Ambassador to the United States Szabolcs Takács was next to speak to the Republican audience. He stated that during Donald Trump’s presidency, Hungary was treated by the United States as a valuable partner and friend, which the Hungarian side does not forget. He added that under the Trump administration, US policy achieved results such as the Abraham Accords serving Middle East peace, and the Hungarian-American defence cooperation emerged as a joint achievement as well. The diplomat also noted that in recent years, the world has turned upside down with war, terrorist attacks against Israelis, and blatant antisemitism in Western Europe and the United States. He declared that Hungary does not yield to globalist pressure and favours political leaders who respect their country, family, national sovereignty, and fight for ideals and community.
Gavin Wax, President of the New York Young Republicans Club, reported on the organization’s operations, plans, and strengthening. He also highlighted that the club was the first Republican organization in the United States to express its support for Donald Trump when he announced his intention to run in the 2024 presidential election.
Prominent figures from American political life attended the Republican event, such as Steve Bannon, former senior White House advisor and campaign manager for Donald Trump, as well as several members of Congress.
Republican Congressman Paul Gosar of Arizona, speaking to the Hungarian public media, praised the Young Republican Club, emphasizing that it illustrates how powerfully the younger generations can contribute to politics. Understanding how young people think is important because they represent the future, he went on to state. Regarding Hungary, he praised Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and his policies, noting that there have been several examples of a shift towards right-wing populism in other places in the world recently, such as in Argentina and the Netherlands.
Harald Vilimsky, one of Austria’s conservative Members of the European Parliament, also spoke to public media about how it is not so unusual to meet Hungarian political figures at this event because Hungarians are everywhere in the world, participating in the reorganization of Western thinking. The goal is for states to regain the right to decide on matters of their own culture and to be able to defend Western values. In these efforts, the Hungarian Prime Minister plays a key role, he added.
The gala event in New York City featured a performance by Zoltán Mága, a Liszt Ferenc Award-winning violinist, who presented a showcase mostly composed of Hungarian-rooted music.
Source: Hungarian Conservative/MTI