"...the so-called liberal idea...has outlived its purpose...Our Western partners have admitted that some elements of the liberal idea, such as multiculturalism, are no longer tenable."
CNN anchor Jake Tapper reported on the remarks from Putin, sharing the link to the Financial Times article on Twitter.
ICYMI: Putin told FT that Western liberal had run its course, that "the so-called liberal idea...has outlived its p… https://t.co/JWFNnlCVgM— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000190.0
@jaketapper If Putin truly believes that western liberalism is dead, then why does he even bother putting on a show… https://t.co/Wubwe2vk6X— jimmy craig (@jimmy craig) 1562001521.0
The Financial Times editorial board offered a rebuttal to Putin's claim...
2/ FT ed board disagreed: "Liberal, market-based democracy remains the organising principle in most non-petrostate… https://t.co/DFMtBuXNJk— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000190.0
...as did European Council President Donald Tusk.
3/ EC president Tusk said "strongly disagree with President Putin that liberalism is obsolete. What I find really o… https://t.co/m4DyqMfREM— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000190.0
However, when during his press conference, President Donald Trump was asked for his views by The New York Times Chief White House correspondent, Peter Baker, Trump appeared to not understand the question.
4/ @peterbakernyt asked President Trump about Putin's "comments to the Financial Times right before arriving here w… https://t.co/ZFuZnJg9VH— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
The President of the United States responded with digs aimed at California Democrats.
"Well, I mean he may feel that way. He’s sees what’s going on,... if you look at what’s happening in Los Angeles, where it’s so sad to look, and what’s happening in San Francisco and a couple of other cities, which are run by an extraordinary group of liberal people."
"I don’t know what they’re thinking, but he does see things that are happening in the United States that would probably preclude him from saying how wonderful it is."
"I’m very embarrassed by what I see in some of our cities, where the politicians are either afraid to do something about it, or they think it’s votes or I don’t know what. Peter, I don’t know what they’re thinking."
"But when you look at Los Angeles, when you look at San Francisco, when you look at some of the other cities — and not a lot, not a lot — but you don’t want it to spread. And at a certain point, I think the federal government maybe has to get involved. We can’t let that continue to happen to our cities."
5/ Trump: "Well, I mean he may feel that way. He’s sees what’s going on,... if you look at what’s happening in Los… https://t.co/3GkPRRg7hN— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
6/"... I don’t know what they’re thinking, but he does see things that are happening in the United States that woul… https://t.co/GJIYU7n9pq— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
7/'...I’m very embarrassed by what I see in some of our cities, where the politicians are either afraid to do somet… https://t.co/0YzhMDWRN4— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
8/"... But when you look at Los Angeles, when you look at San Francisco, when you look at some of the other cities… https://t.co/gdznDmip1r— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
Tapper concluded Trump had western-style liberalism confused with liberal Democrats from the western United States.
9/"... I think the federal government maybe has to get involved. We can’t let that continue to happen to our cities… https://t.co/rTRXAR5d4M— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000191.0
10/ Of course, more important than the president not understanding the concept is the fact that, as @EdwardGLuce w… https://t.co/6XgiTATDuY— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper) 1562000192.0
Western-style liberalism is also referred to as liberal Democracy and is contrasted with totalitarian government, monarchies and communist government models. Much of Europe and the Americas are classified as western-style liberalism with representatives democracies.
@jaketapper @EdwardGLuce Putin was clearly referring to San Fransisco.— Tweez (@Tweez) 1562000331.0
@Lukethomas101 @jaketapper @EdwardGLuce Of course Putin was referring to SF, he can see it from his house— (((pete_stmarie))) (@(((pete_stmarie)))) 1562003345.0
The President's lack of familiarity with basic political theory or terms was unsurprising...
@jaketapper @EdwardGLuce I'm surprised Trump understands how to tie his shoes and swallow food without choking. I d… https://t.co/VATSsQ4z3y— Lin "Eldritch Liberal" Sims (@Lin "Eldritch Liberal" Sims) 1562000345.0
@jaketapper @EdwardGLuce Other than "more money for me," what concepts *does* he understand?— Deb, that's enough 🌉 (@Deb, that's enough 🌉) 1562000334.0
@jaketapper We have an ignorant man in the Oval Office.— Scheck N. Balance (@Scheck N. Balance) 1562007359.0
...but his attempt to answer a question he clearly did not understand exacerbated the situation.
While others saw different red flags in the President's response...
@jaketapper @EdwardGLuce And is it normal for the president of the United States to be embarrassed by some of Ameri… https://t.co/u2KdPSaC9L— Ian Cameron (@Ian Cameron) 1562010485.0
...and in Putin's reference to the failures inherent in multiculturalism.
@jaketapper Putin is promoting a global White Ethnostate to rally racists. In reality, only oligarchs need apply. W… https://t.co/JeYoStrfHu— Turkeys & Trumps get cooked in November🦃web rant (@Turkeys & Trumps get cooked in November🦃web rant) 1562001646.0
@jaketapper We have collectively gone through so much trauma during this Presidency, I often ask myself “is this it… https://t.co/7XblE06ifW— GivLuvGetLuv (@GivLuvGetLuv) 1562008784.0
@jaketapper In any other era this statement alone would be considered reprehensible. No longer.— New Normal (@New Normal) 1562008757.0
@jaketapper Disgusting, racist rhetoric that Putin is pushing, not far off from what Steve Bannon believes. And it… https://t.co/w4I5mDZ4fW— 🍷FlyFishGirl (@🍷FlyFishGirl) 1562006035.0
Watch President Trump's full remarks here.
To learn more about Vladimir Putin and his manipulation of the media, the book The Invention of Russia: The Rise of Putin and the Age of Fake News, is available here.