Ed Driscoll

Well, That Can Ruin Your Day

“Leader Of Anti-Semitic Party In Hungary Discovers He’s Jewish,” NPR reports:

It’s quite dramatic with an incredible plot twist: One of the leaders of Hungary’s Jobbik Party, which the Anti-Defamation League says is one of the few political parties in Europe to overtly campaign with anti-Semitic materials, has discovered that he is himself a Jew.

As the AP says, Csanad Szegedi had in the past railed about the “Jewishness” of the political class. According to the ADL, his party’s presidential candidate referred to Israeli Jews as “lice-infested, dirty murderers.”

For Szegedi all of this came to a screeching halt, when in 2010 a prisoner confronted him with evidence that he had Jewish roots. According to the AP, Szegedi tried to bribe the prisoner to keep him quiet, but rumors and innuendo reached a fever pitch by late last year and in June, Szegedi conceded that his mother was a Jew. According to Jewish law, that makes Szegedi Jewish, too.

One of the exceedingly few times where life imitates an episode of Lou Grant from 35 years years ago. (It’s online here, if you’d like to see a pair of early performances from Brian Dennehy and Robocop’s Peter Weller.)