He said that the American self-government is “a 240-year anomaly in world history. We think that what we have here in this country is the way it’s always been. It is a very unusual form of government. The normal form of government throughout world history is dictators, kings, tsars, pharaohs, warlords, tyrants. And we thought twenty years ago the march of history was toward democracy, but it is in retreat in Hungary and Turkey, goodness knows in Russia.”
Senator Angus King added that democracy is fragile, and it rests upon trust. Trust in public officials, in courts, and elections. He highlighted that he understands what happened. He watched some interviews, and it became clear to him that people say that the election was stolen because their leader said that.
“We cannot afford to pull bricks out from the foundation of trust that underlies our entire system.”
He continued that the answer to this problem is to tell people the truth, to tell them what happened. He highlighted that it is hard to tell supporters what they do not want to hear. However, in such situations, it is their obligation.
Below, you can watch the full speech, which index.hu found and reported about in the Hungarian media.
As Congress Considers Objections to 2020 Election, Senator King Speaks on Senate Floor
American self-government is a 240-year anomaly in world history, which is largely defined by kings and tyrants. Our system is fragile; it rests upon trust. If we are to do our part to ensure this system survives, we cannot afford to pull bricks out from its foundation.Posted by Senator Angus S. King, Jr. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021
King said that the voting that happened on Wednesday was a historic one and compared their work to the Congress that supported Abraham Lincoln during the civil war. Finally, he concluded his speech with President Lincoln’s words: “the fiery trial through which we pass will light us down in honour or dishonour to the latest generation.” Senator Angus King is an independent senator from Maine but was a member of the Democratic Party before 1993.
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As we reported before, PM Orbán said in a November interview that unlike his Democratic predecessors, Donald Trump had not berated Hungary. He called Trump “a friend of Hungary”, adding that US-Hungary relations had been in top form during his presidency.
That is why, Orbán added, he had “always been for Trump”.
“The outcome will be what it will be; it is the right of the American people to decide who governs America,” he said, adding that it was up to Hungarians “to decide who governs Hungary and how”.
Therefore, it is not surprising that the Hungarian government backed Trump during the election process but has been quiet since it came to light that Joe Biden was elected the next president of the United States. Regarding the siege on Wednesday, Katalin Novák, minister without portfolio for family affairs, said on Twitter: “Shocking pictures from #CapitolHill. #Democracy should be safeguarded before, during, and after the elections all over the world.”