New York Mayor Bill de Blasio apologized on Thursday for citing Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara after quoting the guerrilla leader to pump up a ton of union members in Miami.
De Blasio was arrested on a video in which he yelled "Hasta la Victoria, Siempre!" which translates to: "to victory, always!"
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"We will be there every step of the way," he added, speaking to a crowd of striking airport workers.
De Blasio tweeted an apology less than an hour after CBS4 Miami posted the video and said he did not want to offend anyone "who heard it that way." He also admitted he did not know the story behind Guevara and offered to do so little guilt for his ignorance.
De Blasio also apologized in front of the camera for his comments in the discussion room and said he was just trying to encourage the embattled workers. He said he took "full responsibility" for his mistake, but predicted that most voters would go ahead and not judge him.
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"It was an honest mistake, I apologized for it, I only understood it as a Spanish-language phrase," he said. "I used it without knowing it was the origin, and when I heard it was the origin, I apologized immediately, I did not mean to offend anyone, I told those airport workers ̵
But as a leader you have to be able to apologize for making a mistake, and although I did not know the origin, I still have to take responsibility and I say I apologize to someone who is offended – have it I will not make that mistake again. "
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Senator Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Did not seem enthusiastic about the explanation. Tweeted : "De Blasio studied Latin American politics at college, was a very active supporter of the Sandinistas in #Nicaragua and even in #Cuba in violation of the US law. But he had no idea that he quoted Che Guevara today, it was just an incredible coincidence. "
The New York Democrat saw another criticism of Rep. Donna E. Shalala, D-Fla., Opposite, the de Blasio's quote was described as "unacceptable" and said it was particularly ironic for him to use it in Miami.
De Blasio also made headlines in the debate on Wednesday night's Democratic presidential candidate when he was one of only two who said they were willing to sacrifice their own private health insurance in favor of a government plan. Candidate to join him was Sen Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.