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
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."
Insultee: The Catholic Church hierarchy
Insultee: Opposition candidate Henrique Capriles
lord of war ... one of the dogs of the devil."
Insultee: Donald Rumsfeld
Insultee: Barack Obama
Compared to these, maybe Bush got off easy with the "devil."
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