ABC News' Huma Khan reports: Conservative radio personality Rush Limbaugh is at the center of controversy once again, and this new one goes beyond U.S. borders.
The talk show host is taking heat for mocking a speech made by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the White House Wednesday.
"Hu Jintao -- He was speaking and they weren’t translating. They normally translate every couple of words. Hu Jintao was just going ching chong, ching chong cha," Limbaugh said, before launching into a 17-second mockery of the Chinese leader's dialect.
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The mockery is being criticized my many across the country. California State Sen. Leland Yee asked Limbaugh to apologize for his “classless act” and touted Wednesday’s show as an example of the “bigotry that has often plagued his commentary.”
"His classless act is an insult to over 3,000 years of cultural history, and is a slap in the face to the millions of Chinese Americans who have struggled in this country and to a people who constitute one-quarter of the world's population," Yee said in a statement.
Salon.com editor and blogger Andrew Leonard called Limbaugh’s “bravura performance” an embarrassment to the country.
“This is just embarrassing,” Leonard wrote. “I'm sure the clip is already surging through the Chinese Internet, and hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens are contemplating the fact that one of the heroes of the newly ascendant Republican party is a nativist ignoramus intent on purposely humiliating the current leader of the world's next great superpower.”