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What Is the 'Liberal World Order?' Biden Adviser's Remarks Spark Derision

Newsweek 7/1/2022 Gerrard Kaonga
US President Joe Biden holds his press conference at the NATO Summit on June 30, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Joe Biden's advisor has dismissed the high gas prices and said about the importance the "liberal world order". © Dennis Doyle/Getty US President Joe Biden holds his press conference at the NATO Summit on June 30, 2022 in Madrid, Spain. Joe Biden's advisor has dismissed the high gas prices and said about the importance the "liberal world order".

President Joe Biden's adviser Brian Deese is facing a backlash online after answering a question on the fairness of high gas prices by highlighting the importance of the "liberal world order," and a video clip of the moment has since gone viral.

Deese was speaking to CNN's Victor Blackwell on Thursday and reflected on comments Joe Biden made during his speech at the NATO summit in Madrid on the same day.

Biden was asked by a reporter: "How long is it fair to expect American drivers and drivers around the world to pay that premium for this war?"

The president replied: "As long as it takes," insisting that Russia could not be allowed to win the conflict against Ukraine and then potentially menace other nations.

When asked a similar question, Deese spoke about American families holding firm. The clip of that moment has gone viral on social media and has been viewed more than 800,000 times on Twitter.


"What do you say to the families that say 'we can't afford to pay $4.85 a gallon for months, if not years, this is not sustainable," Blackwell asked.

"What you heard from the president today was a clear articulation of the stakes," Deese replied.

"This is about the future of the liberal world order and we have to stand firm.

"But at the same time, what I would say to that family and Americans across the country is you have a president and an administration that is going to do everything in its power to blunt those price increases and bring those prices down."

The full interview suggests the term Deese used related to a large group of countries that aims to prevent Russia's Vladimir Putin from extending his influence across the world by means including military aggression.

The Biden administration faced a similar backlash when Biden previously used the term "new world order" in a speech, sparking conspiracy theories.

While the phrase "new world order" is generally used to denote a significant geopolitical change, it can also designate a conspiracy theory that stipulates a secretive globalist authority is seeking to control the world under a totalitarian regime and strip sovereign countries and its citizens of their freedom.

Deese and Biden have been ridiculed on Twitter over the clip.

"The Biden administration cares more about the liberal world order than American families," Former White House Director of Strategic Communications Mercedes Schlapp tweeted.

"The 'Liberal World Order' we need to wake up and realize what we really are up against. Biden is nothing more than a puppet for the radical left," Fox News contributor Sara A. Carter tweeted.

"Is Brian Dese a Republican plant? Because this is the easiest midterm ad content I've ever seen," Republican communicator Matt Whitlock tweeted.

He later tweeted:" Great poll question: Are you comfortable paying record-high gas prices to protect the 'liberal world order'

"I'd be willing to bet less than 20% say yes."

Other social media users attempted to clarify Deese's comments to avoid speculation focusing on conspiracy theories.

"The liberal world order established after World War 2 simply means countries follow a rules-based international order and don't get to invade neighboring countries, breaking international law or committing war crimes. A strange thing to be against, imho," Morten Øverbye, the founder of Automagi, tweeted.

"There are three kinds of people who get offended by 'Liberal World Order," Washington Monthly contributor David Atkins tweeted.

"1) Fascists and Putin fans who hate pluralism and democracy. 2) Lefitsts with mostly valid critiques of neoliberalism.3) Dumb conspiracy-addled MAGAs who have no idea what 'liberal world order' actually means."

"We've been living in a liberal world order since the end of WW2. Liberalism doesn't mean the American Left," Astronomer Dr. Wladimir Lyra tweeted.

"Do you think a Liberal Arts College is about communist indoctrination?Oh wait, of course you do... sigh."

Newsweek has contacted the White House for comment.

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