A spokesman for Zanu-PF, the ruling socialist party in Zimbabwe, reportedly dismissed the American presidential election as a “circus” on Monday and falsely accused President Donald Trump of saying all Africans were “assholes.”
Zanu-PF is the socialist party of late dictator Robert Mugabe, who ruled for 30 years before his former underling, Emmerson Mnangagwa, orchestrated a coup in 2017. Mugabe once identified Mnangagwa as a lead organizer of the Gukurahundi, the genocide of the Ndebele people under Mugabe in response to their opposition to his rule. Mugabe was, and Mnangagwa is, a member of the Shona ethnic group.
The Zimbabwean regime has maintained an antagonistic relationship with the United States for decades. American officials have sanctioned the regime for human rights abuses against its people, most recently in March. The spokesman condemning the American elections on Monday, Patrick Chinamasa, called U.S. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Brian Nichols a “thug” and “Uncle Tom” in