U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, issued the following statement on Chairman Xi’s new title of the "people’s leader" from the Chinese Communist Party, a title previously reserved for Mao Zedong.

"If Chairman Xi is the 'people’s leader,' who are the people? When Chairman Xi talks about 'the people,' he doesn’t mean the Uyghurs in torture camps. When Chairman Xi talks about 'the people,' he doesn’t mean the Falun Gong prisoners whose organs are harvested. When Chairman Xi talks about 'the people,' he doesn’t mean the baby girls who were left to die under China’s one-child policy. When Chairman Xi talks about 'the people,' he means what every communist hack before him has meant: not the people but the communist party."