Reid Criticized for Calling Chinese President a “Dictator”

Ok, I’m confused. I know that China virtually owns this country by holding billions of our debt. However, I fail to understand the criticism of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid for calling Chinese President Hu Jintao a “dictator.” Hu is the head of a government that arrests dissidents, censures news, restricts the exercise of religion, blocks access to information, and does not allow opposing political parties or viewpoints. What was Reid supposed to call him, a voice of freedom?

Reid attracted criticism when he said on a local radio show that “I am going to go back to Washington tomorrow and meet with the president of China. He is a dictator. He can do a lot of things through the form of government they have.”

He later said “[m]aybe I shouldn’t have said dictator, but they have a different type of government than we have and that’s an understatement.”

Just for the record, he had it right the first time. Merriam-Webster defines dictator as “(1) . . . one holding complete autocratic control . . . one ruling absolutely and often oppressively . . . (2) one that dictates.”

Sounds like Hu to me. Civil libertarians should applaud Reid for speaking plainly about the truth of the Chinese government and its treatment of dissidents.

Jonathan Turley

31 thoughts on “Reid Criticized for Calling Chinese President a “Dictator””

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  3. When I read anything today about China I think back 40 years or so when I knew many Maoists. They were almost to a man(women) total uptight asses. I wonder how those around today think about the Chinese Revolution, the still extant Communist party there and the total exploitation of its workers?

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  5. eniobob

    the daily show link at 1:52 on the video the middle school principal tells Aasif Mandvi “hu got to me”.

  6. eniobob,

    WordPress doesn’t recognize all smilies as you can see above just the ones listed on the link I gave you … I think it was AY that told me about it a long time ago.

  7. eniobob,

    as Buckeye said, gotta put an empty space between last typed word/punctuation mark etc. and the smiley

    I like you:)with no space on either side won’t work but I like you (space) 🙂 will. Buckeye gave you one link … I’ll give you another

    http://codex.wordpress.org/Using_Smilies

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