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De Blasio Draws Criticism For Shouting Cuba Revolution Slogan

June 27, 2019 - 6:08 pm

MIAMI (WCBS 880/AP) — New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio shouted a Spanish slogan associated with Cuba's Communist revolution at a rally with Miami airport workers. That drew criticism in a city heavily influenced by exiles who fled the late Fidel Castro's rule.

De Blasio went to Miami International Airport on Thursday to join cargo workers who are striking over what they call appalling working conditions.

De Blasio said he would stand by the workers and he shouted “Hasta la Victoria, siempre!” or “Until victory, always!” The phrase is most associated with revolutionary leader Che Guevara and was a rallying cry for Castro.

Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo of Florida said on Twitter she was “utterly disgusted” and that Blasio should not be quoting an infamous leftist guerrilla fighter and should quit his campaign.

Mayor de Blasio responded to the critisicm late Thursday evening on Twitter saying he did not know the phrase was associated with Guevara.

He added that he only used the phrase in the hopes of encouraging the striking airport workers.

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