Tamás Deutsch has served as Fidesz Member of the European Parliament (MEP) since 2009, sitting with the Christian Democratic-conservative European People’s Party, the largest party group in the European Union’s parliament. Was Fidesz National Assembly representative from 1990 until resigning from position to become MEP in 2009. One of 37 founding members of Fidesz.
Grew up in Budapest, where he graduated from high school in 1984. Studied at the Loránd Eötvös University School of Law and Political Sciences in Budapest from 1986 to 1992, though left the university without passing the state examination required to earn a degree.
Served as Minister of Youth and Sports in the first Orbán government from 1999 to 2002. Assumed this position one year after the formation of the government so he could complete the requirements for his law degree, which he did in 1999.
Was Fidesz member of the Budapest City Council from 2002 to 2003.
Officially changed name to Tamás Deutsch-Für following marriage to his second wife, daughter of Hungarian Democratic Forum government (1990–1994) Defense Minister Lajos Für, in 2006. Dropped “Für” from his family name following their divorce in 2008.
Has been the president of the MTK Athletic Club, which operates one of Hungary’s most famous football teams, MTK Budapest FC, since 2010.
Notorious for obscene Tweets from his “dajcstomi” Twitter account.
Turns 50 years old in 2016.
“There are pieces of trash. There are loathsome figures. There are malevolent madmen. There are hideous cum stains. There are disgusting scum bags. And there is Gyurcsány” [Vannak szemét alakok. Vannak aljas emberek. Vannak rosszindulatú őrültek. Vannak irtózatos gecik. Vannak gusztustalan rohadékok. És van Gyurcsány]. March 21, 2011 Tweet in reference to former Hungarian Socialist Party prime minister Ferenc Gyurcsány (source in Hungarian).
“Who the fuck is Thomas Melia? Why do we have to give pieces of shit a daily slap on the face?” [Ki a fasz az a Thomas Melia? Minek kell naponta adnunk a szarnak egy pofont?]. July 27, 2011 Tweet (source in Hungarian) referring to US Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Thomas Melia, who had criticized the Orbán régime’s anti-democratic measures in testimony before the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee the previous day (source in English).
“Kuruc.info is a genuinely Nazi (internet) rag. Its existence is a total disgrace. Its nauseating content publicly slanders all decent, honorable, benevolent Hungarian people day by day. Everybody, whether they know about it or not.” December 11, 2013 Facebook message regarding the radical nationalist website Kuruc.info (source in Hungarian).
“I will say this slowly so that Putin can understand it: R U S S I A N S G O H O M E!” March 3, 2014 Twitter message in reference to Russia’s military intervention in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in Ukraine (source in Hungarian).
“They are pushing this ban thing from over there as a means of discipline, though if they are in the right mood, bombing cannot be excluded. I am trying to prepare for all possibilities.” October 19, 2014 Facebook post regarding the U.S. prohibition of several Hungarian officials, including National Tax and Customs Office President Ildikó Vida, from entering the United States on charges of corruption (source in Hungarian).
“Those concerned got tired of the all the bumbling and the interim chargé d’affaires, a fifth-rate CIA agent turned agent provocateur, [thus] became the interim leader of the Hungarian left wing—even a blind man has been able to see this since yesterday.” October 27, 2014 Facebook message regarding U.S. Chargé d’Affaires André Goodfriend and his participation in a large demonstration against the government’s proposed Internet tax the previous evening (sources A and B in Hungarian).
Last updated: May 19, 2016.