The Bullyvarian Revolution: Hugo Chávez's most memorable insults

It was a key component of Hugo Chávez's special brand of charisma: the exotic, grandiloquent insult. Chávez was not the only world leader who relished a good -- if perhaps, at times, one-sided -- fight with los imperialistas, but what made him stand out for so many, including many in the West, was the gusto with which he flung out bombast like "you are a donkey, Mr. Danger" and "go to hell, Yankee shits!" Everyone remembers that Chávez called George W. Bush the devil. But here, we've collected some of the less well-known -- but no less colorful -- insults from the 14-year reign of the Zinger King of Caracas.

Insult: "Puppy dog of the empire."
Insultee: Mexican President Vicente Fox

Insult: "Pitiyanqui," or "Little Yankee"
Insultees: Counterrevolutionaries, or, as the New York Times put it, "the type of Venezuelan who favors shopping sprees in Miami over paying allegiance to the fatherland."

Insults: "Rancid oligarchs" and "Squealing pigs"
Insultees: Opponents of his 1999 constitutional reforms

Insult: "Devils in Vestments"
Insultee: The Catholic Church hierarchy

Insult: "Low-life pig"
Insultee: Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles

Insult: "The lord of war ... one of the dogs of the devil."
Insultee: Donald Rumsfeld

Insult: "Poor ignoramus."
Insultee: Barack Obama

Compared to these, maybe Bush got off easy with the "devil."



From conspiracy theories to the apocalypse: the most bizarre reactions to Chávez's death

The death of Hugo Chávez has prompted varied reactions from leaders around the world -- as a quick scan of their tweets suggests. But while everyone seems to be weighing in on the Venezuelan president's much-anticipated parting, some reactions have been stranger than others.

Take Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who, in addition to declaring a national day of mourning in his country, made reference to the apocalypse. In a letter of condolence to Venezuelan Vice President Nicolás Maduro, Ahmadinejad, a close friend and ally of Chávez, said that the leader "would return along with all the other righteous and the Prophet Jesus […] to help lead society to complete peace and justice," referring to the Islamic eschatological belief that Jesus, though a Christian, will be among the prophets resurrected after the apocalypse. Apparently, Chávez will also be present.

The grief-stricken Iranian president also alluded to conspiracy theories about Chávez's enemies somehow conspiring to kill him -- speculation fueled by Maduro himself. A spokesman for Iran's Foreign Ministry picked up on the theme, calling for an investigation into whether foul play contributed to the Chávez's death. And Gennady Zyuganov, the leader of the Russian Communist party, struck a similar note, suggesting that the United States could be behind the Venezuelan president's demise. "How did it happen that six leaders of Latin American countries which had criticized US policies and tried to create an influential alliance in order to be independent and sovereign states, fell ill simultaneously with the same disease?" Zyuganov asked. 

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos, who had a rocky relationship with Chávez, argued that the best way to memorialize the leftist leader's death would not be through statues or monuments but rather by making peace with Colombia's FARC guerillas. The remark was a nod to Chávez's efforts to act as a mediator between the Colombian government and the rebels, but it might not be the lasting legacy Chávez had in mind.