READ: Jake Tapper Tweets ‘The President Seemed to Think ‘Western-Style Liberalism’ Was the Same as ‘Liberal Democrats.’ It Isn’t’

World leaders gathered in Japan for the G20 Summit. While there, Russian President Vladimir Putin told the Financial Times:

“…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.

The Financial Times editorial board offered a rebuttal to Putin’s claim…

…as did European Council President Donald Tusk.

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.

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.”

Trump added:

“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.”

Tapper concluded Trump had western-style liberalism confused with liberal Democrats from the western United States.

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.

The President’s lack of familiarity with basic political theory or terms was unsurprising…

…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…

…and in Putin’s reference to the failures inherent in multiculturalism.

Watch President Trump’s full remarks here.

The book Tapper quotes, The Retreat of Western Liberalism by Edward Luce, is available 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.

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Amelia Christnot is an Oglala Lakota, Kanien'kehá:ka and Metis Navy brat who settled in the wilds of Northern Maine. She considers herself another proud Maineiac. Her picture is from 1984 for purely Orwellian reasons.