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CAIR Calls on Americans to Boycott CPAC Hungary Event Featuring Racist and Islamophobic Speakers

(WASHINGTON, D.C, 4/6/22) – The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, today called the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) to cancel a May event in Budapest featuring racist, anti-Semitic and Islamophobic speakers, including Putin ally and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Other extremist figures speaking at the vent include Eduardo Bolsonaro, the Brazilian president’s son, and Santiago Abascal, leader of Spain’s far-right Vox party. Orban is the event’s keynote speaker. CPAC Hungary is scheduled for May 18-20. 

SEE: U.S. conservative conference with Hungary’s hardline leader reflects Republican divide (Reuters)

In a statement, CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw said: 

“We urge any Americans who do not wish to be associated with authoritarianism, racism or Putin’s war on Ukraine to boycott this CPAC event in Hungary. It makes no sense for an American political organization to hold an event in a foreign country with speakers who promote fascism, racism and bigotry, including Islamophobia and antisemitism.”

McCaw noted Orban’s anti-immigration policies aimed at Muslim migrants, his attempts to undermine both the free press and democratic governance, his political supporters’ antisemitic attacks on George Soros, and that CAIR has in the past expressed concerns about an anti-Muslim speaker at a CPAC event

He said Spain’s Vox has called for the deportation of Muslims from that nation and the party’s leader demanded a Reconquista, referencing an expulsion of Muslim immigrants from the country.

SEE: Spain’s Vox party leader says Ukrainian refugees, not Muslims, should be welcome

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CONTACT: CAIR Government Affairs Director Robert McCaw, 202-742-6448,; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726,