“This national consultation is about nothing else than to cover up the corruption scandals that continue to emerge every day, to cover up Hungary’s unconscionable poverty statistics, to cover up the sharp decline in Fidesz’s popularity, and its HUF 900 million cost to Hungarian taxpayers.” – Richard Barabás (PM)
Budapest District 11 assemblyman Richárd Barabás (PM) crashed a press conference held by Hungarian government international spokesman Zoltán Kovács’ on Tuesday to award him the much-deserved “rubber bone” award for misleading public opinion.
Kovács’ was holding a press conference in the loading area of the Public Administration and Electronic Services Center in Ferencváros before pallets of stacked “national consultation questionnaires” on the subject of migration. He was joined by Fidesz MP László Pósán who said that certain regions in Europe are under “brutal” pressure from high numbers of migrants.
Pósán explained that many people in the electoral district he represents (Debrecen) complain that no one is listening to their concerns. He said this will change once the government has an idea how the citizens feel about migrants, and that the government would take action accordingly.
At that point Barabás walked up to the podium and shook hands with Kovács and Pósán. Kovács could be heard saying, “Excuse me, this is a government press conference…”
“I know, that’s why I came here,” Barabás replied before turning to face the cameras.
“This is a very important issue that we’re discussing right now,” he said. “I would like to congratulate you and award you with this rubber bone for your outstanding work. Never has the Hungarian government thrown such an expensive, stupid and evil rubber bone to the people of Hungary as you are doing now. The entire world, including the Hungarian internet, is talking about this incredibly distasteful and idiotic so-called national consultation propaganda. Please, accept this award. Go ahead, don’t be bashful, take it.”
Barabás then tried to hand the rubber bone to Kovács. Declining the award, Kovács attempted to steer Barabás away from the podium but to no avail.
Barabás again turned toward the cameras and said, “I’d also like to say that I think, just as the Hungarians think and know, that….”
Kovács interrupted and again tried to move Barabás away from the podium.
Undeterred, Barabás patted Kovács on the arm and reassured him that he’d leave once he finished saying what he came to say.
“The reason I came to speak today is because it should be known that this national consultation is about nothing else than to cover up the corruption scandals that continue to emerge every day, to cover up the unconscionable poverty statistics about Hungary today, to cover up the sharp decline in Fidesz’s popularity, and its HUF 900 million cost to Hungarian taxpayers. I’m confident that Hungarian taxpayers and citizens will find a much better use for these stacks of paper here, perhaps they’ll collect them and use them as fuel pellets, in which case the paper would actually be put to good use,” Barabás said.
He then turned to Kovács and said, “So, again, I’d like to congratulate you. I apologize for disturbing your press conference.”
Kovács didn’t accept the blue chew toy which Barabás then put on one of the stacks of paper.
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