Mayor Bill de Blasio was again questioned on Friday as to whether he had opted for a Communist meeting call announced by Che Guevara.
"You can ask 1000 times, and I'll give it to you The same answer: I had no idea it was associated with an individual," de Blasio said during an independent press conference at Bellevue Hospital in Manhattan.
"If I had known it was in communication, I would not have used it. Period. "
De Blasio, who studied Latin American history for his master's degree and traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 to support the Guevara-inspired Sandinista government, rebelled on behalf of Miami's Hispanic community Thursday when he publicly cited the bloodthirsty revolutionist.
"Hasta la victoria, siempre!" Said de Blasio in Spanish to striking workers at Miami International Airport.
The phrase, "Always to victory!" Means is widely associated with Guevara, a key figure in the communist Cuba revolution and an icon for left-wing radicals.
After being convicted by Florida officials of two partisans, de Blasio told CNN that he had made "an honest mistake and I apologize for it."
This allegation was rejected by the US Senator. Marco Rubio (R-Florida), who tweeted on "De Blasio, who studied politics in Latin America at college, was a very active supporter of the Sandinista in #Nicaragua and even #Cuba in Honeymoon, which violates US law. "
" But he had NO IDEA, he quoted Che Guevara today. It was just an incredible coincidence, "added Rubio sarcastically.
The Republican Party of Florida has also unearthed a snippet of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" in which de Blasio makes jokes about "Che Guevara Posters" hung in the town hall.
John Gutierrez, professor of Latin American studies at CUNY's John Jay College of Criminal Justice, said the slogan de Blasio used was one of Guevara's "best known and most recognizable".
The credibility that a man who is as familiar with the history of revolutionary politics in Latin America as Bill de Blasio does not know the origin of the phrase is strained.
"In America, Che is a phrase in many places Miami is not one of those places.
Christian Ulvert, a Democratic policy consultant from Miami based in Nicaragua, also said, "I find it hard to believe he did not know that sentence. I believe that John Hickenlooper or Mike Bennet are responsible for Bill de Blasio, given his previous work, "Ulvert said, referring to two other candidates for Democratic presidential elections.
De Blasio was in Miami to attend the first round of Democratic Presidential Primary Debates, in which he and Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts were the only candidates on Wednesday evening to support National Medicare for All.