The renowned New York Times has published an article entitled “The Trump-Like Figures Popping Up in Central Europe” and Croatia gets a mention. Ivan Pernar, a member of the Croatian parliament, was described as “a political outsider who uses social media and attention-grabbing attacks on opponents,” by the New York Times.
Pernar has been a member of the Croatian Parliament since 2016 and is member of the Human Blockade political party.
The full text about Pernar in The New York Times read as follows –
Relatively young and still on the edges of Croatian politics, Mr. Pernar invites comparison with President Trump not for his background in business but for his position as a political outsider who uses social media and attention-grabbing attacks on opponents. He first came to public attention by using Facebook to organize a series of antigovernment protests in 2011 and seemed regularly at odds with political decorum. He was once scolded for eating pizza on the floor of Parliament. Mr. Pernar’s populist message is decidedly pro-Russian and anti-NATO, but also includes some attitudes from the conspiratorial fringe, including dire warnings about the pernicious influence of Freemasons. Mr. Pernar was recently removed from the floor of Parliament for interrupting proceedings with random anti-European Union diatribes.