It’s typically una cosa buena to show off your Spanish-speaking creds in Miami.
But not so much for New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio, who sparked outrage after he reportedly quoted Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader Ernesto “Che” Guevara earlier today.
“The eyes of the world are on Miami-Dade and on this airport,” De Blasio said at a rally in support of employees protesting poor working conditions at Miami International Airport. “Hasta la victoria siempre!”
The Spanish phrase — Until victory, always! — has long been associated with Guevara, from his purported “farewell letter” to Cuba.
De Blasio’s comments quickly drew condemnation, and Florida Democrats demanded that the presidential contender apologize.
Florida Democratic Party Chairwoman Terrie Rizzo (@TerrieRizzo) tweeted:
“Mayor Bill DeBlasio does not speak for Floridians or the Florida Democratic Party and he would be wise to apologize.”
State Sen. Annette Taddeo blasted De Blasio on Twitter, saying she was “utterly disgusted.”
State Sen. José Javier Rodrigues also slammed the presidential hopeful in a tweet followed by this post from Javier Estevez, a Miami Democrat running for the state House:
De Blasio’s gaffe gave a boost to Republicans, who’ve been busy painting Democrats — in Miami for two nights of debate that will wrap up this evening — as a bunch of socialists.