Senator Ben Sasse (Jim Bourg/Reuters)
Senator Ben Sasse on Tuesday tore into Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg, harshly criticizing the former New York City mayor’s claim that Chinese Communist Party leader Xi Jinping is “not a dictator.”
Bloomberg argued in a September interview that China is moving coal power plants away from cities because the Communist Party “wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public.”
“When the public says I can’t breathe the air, Xi Jinping is not a dictator,” the billionaire businessman said. “He has to satisfy his constituents or he’s not going to survive.”
“You’re not going to have a revolution. No government survives without the will of the majority of its people,” Bloomberg insisted.
Sasse, a vocal hawk on China issues, expressed outrage at Bloomberg’s stance, calling it “nonsense.”
“This is the kind of stupid you can’t script,” Sasse said in his statement. “Michael Bloomberg actually said ‘Xi Jinping is not a dictator’ and that ‘the Communist Party wants to stay in power in China and they listen to the public.’ Nonsense.”
“The Chinese Communist Party has thrown a million innocent Uyghurs into camps and has made billions of dollars by literally harvesting the