ABC's Dean Norland reports: In the wake of Hugo Chavez referring to President Bush as a racist, imperial "devil" while speaking to the United Nations, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) referred to the Venezuelan president as a "thug." 

Pelosi said at her weekly on-camera briefing, "Hugo Chavez abused the privilege that he had speaking at the United Nations. In doing so, in the manner in which he characterized the President, he demeaned himself and he demeaned Venezuela. I think Hugo Chavez fancies himself a modern-day Simon Bolivar, but all he is is an everyday thug."

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