The president of the Heritage Foundation confronted hosts at the World Economic Forum Thursday in Davos, Switzerland, challenging claims that the WEF is protecting democracy and calling so-called elites "part of the problem."
Heritage Foundation President Kevin Roberts spoke out from Davos, where he had been invited to speak on a panel at the World Economic Forum. Roberts told reporters after his speech that he was somewhat shocked to have received an invitation to the annual meeting of world leaders and globalist figures, but said he cherished the opportunity to give voice to the "forgotten people" who are not collectively heard from or considered by those in attendance.
"The forgotten people aren't just poor or working-class Americans of all ethnic backgrounds. There's a lot of these forgotten people, as I've come to learn over the last few years [who are] small business owners; people who scraped and saved," he said, adding that many aren't often inherently political.
"They all believe the same thing, which is that the American Dream is slipping away from them."
The moderator, British international affairs expert Sir Robin Niblett, at one point asked Roberts about former President Trump's promise of "retribution" if he regains office, and that the World Economic Forum's purported defenses of liberal democracy could be "swept under the rug" by the mogul.
"It's laughable that you or anyone would describe Davos as ‘protecting liberal democracy’," Roberts said.
"It's equally laughable to use the word ‘dictatorship’ at Davos and aim that at President Trump. In fact, I think that's absurd."
Roberts went on to tell the Davos forum the next conservative president will have a popular mandate to take on the power of the elites.