Was it just a matter of “Joe being Joe,” saying something that everyone outside of Joe Biden knows would stir up conspiracy theories? Was it something deeper, a slip of something that he knows is real but isn’t supposed to talk about? Was it even deeper than that – a deliberate use of the term to get people riled up about it so that when it starts to manifest so clearly, we’re already accustomed to it and accepting of it?
It could have been all three. Regardless of why he said that and the string of other controversial things that followed in a two-minute sample of his speech discussion trade laws at the Export-Import Bank Conference in Washington, it’s certainly going to be latched onto by those who fear the events that are unfolding before our eyes.
Here’s the first part of the video with highlights on the important phrases:
“The affirmative task we have now is to actually create a new world order because the global order is changing again. And the institutions that have ruled… worked so well in the post World War II era for decades, they need to be strengthened and some have to be changed. So we have to do what we do best. We have to lead. We have to lead. We have to update the global rules of the road. We have to do it in a way that maximizes benefits for everyone because obviously it’s overwhelming in our interests – this is not a zero sum game – it’s overwhelmingly in our interest that China prospers, that Mongolia prospers…”
Only Biden can so so much in so few words that will infuriate the right and fuel conspiracy theorists. Gawker is already doing damage control by pointing to those who would take offense to Biden’s words:
The New World Order, along with being an outstanding late-90s wrestling stable, is a favorite of the conspiracy-minded the world over, who believe it to be a code-word for the rise of a totalitarian one-world government, orchestrated by the powerful and elite who would like to officially replace the sovereignty of individual nations (as opposed to unofficially, as they mostly do now).
Here’s the video itself. Slip up or intentional mention – you decide: