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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Trump and Orban

In Defying the Oddswe discuss Trump's crush on autocrats, and Russian involvement in the 2016 campaign  The 2019 update includes a chapter on the 2018 midterms.


When I asked Cornstein about Orbán’s description of his own government as an “illiberal democracy,” the ambassador shifted forward and rested his elbows on a table. “It’s a question of a personal view, or what the American people, or the president of the United States, think of illiberal democracy, and what its definition is.” As he danced around the question, never quite arriving at an opinion, he added, “I can tell you, knowing the president for a good 25 or 30 years, that he would love to have the situation that Viktor Orbán has, but he doesn’t.”