On Monday, Joe Biden caused controversy when he stated that a “new world order” would be developed shortly, and that it would be up to the US to lead it.
Joe Biden claimed the world was at an “inflection point” that “occurs every three or four generations” and that it was up to the US to determine the outcome during a speech at the Business Roundtable’s CEO Quarterly Meeting.
“As one of the top military people said to me in a security meeting the other day, 60 million people died between 1900 and 1946, and since then we’ve established a liberal world order and that hadn’t happened in a long while,” the president said.
“A lot of people died, but nowhere near the chaos, and now is the time when things are shifting,” he continued. “There’s going to be a new world order out there, and we’ve got to lead it, and we’ve got to unite the rest of the free world in doing it.”
The remark sparked outrage in the United States and around the world, with ‘New World Order’ becoming a hot topic on Twitter on Monday.
Former US President George H. W. Bush, former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, and former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair have all used the term “new world order” to refer to a period of significant global upheaval in the past.
Politicians and government officials have previously received criticism for using the term – most recently Dr. Kerry Chant, the chief health officer of the Australian state of New South Wales.