De Blasio: The money is in the wrong hands.
Democratic presidential candidate Bill de Blasio, mayor of New York City, said there is a lot of money in the country, but it is "in the wrong hands" during the first major debate for the 2020 election in downtown Miami on the 26th June 2019.
New York City's Democratic presidential candidate, Bill de Blasio, said there was a lot of money in the country, but it was "in the wrong hands" during the first primary debate for the 2020 elections in the country Downtown Miami on June 26, 2019.
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The Miami Democrats beat New York mayor Bill de Blasio on Thursday, urging him to apologize after the presidential candidate quoted notorious Argentine revolutionary Ernesto "Che" Guevara during a union meeting at Miami International Airport.
De Blasio, who had participated In the Democratic presidential debate on Wednesday, Che's most famous quote was deleted when he joined workers leaving their workplace in protest of poor conditions and compensation. As the crowd of around 100 sang behind him, de Blasio urged them to band together. "The eyes of the world are focused on this airport, the eyes of the world on Miami-Dade."
Before de Blasio relayed the microphone to the next speaker, he blurted out a quote from one of the most hated historical figures of all time. Miami: "Hasta la Victoria, Siempre."
The sentence, roughly "Always to victory! "Means was a mantra for Guevara, who became one of Fidel Castro's best lieutenants. Raul Castro announced the quote on Cuban television when he told the world that his older brother had died.
Guevara is viewed as a murderous sociopath by Miami's Cuban exile community, but was treated by some leftists as a martyr, and to a degree as such, a figure of pop culture after being executed in Bolivia. Behind de Blasio the crowd cheered and did not seem to be worried.
But the quote – whether intentional or not – was quickly criticized by Democrats who spoke at the event before de Blasio and were horrified when they learned what he said.
Jose Javier Rodríguez, a Cuban senator who also spoke at the event and left before Blasio's speech, asked him to apologize. Rodriguez noted that many of the airport protesters were Cubans.
"It is unacceptable to quote a murderer responsible for death and oppression in Communist Cuba and throughout Latin America. Excuse me, "tweeted Rodríguez, whose district is Little Havana.
The Nicaraguan political consultant of Miami, Christian Ulvert, called the use of the quote "complete ignorance" and "overly disrespectful". The Democratic Party Miami-Dade demanded an apology. US Representative Donna Shalala called it "unacceptable".
State Senator Annette Taddeo, a Colombian American, who also spoke and went before de Blasio before he spoke, gasped when a reporter told her what he said. 19659009] "I have no idea if he knew it [the quote was associated with Guevara]. But it is clearly very disappointing, "she said. "This is the problem we are facing all the time … The Left has people who are just plain ignorant."
Ironically, Tom Perez, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told the Miami Herald earlier this month in an interview that the Miami debates were a great opportunity for the party to fight back the socialist attacks. Candidates US Senator Cory Booker and Ohio congressman Tim Ryan, who also debated on Wednesday, also appeared at the airport to support the workers.
"Many of these candidates would do well to talk to some of us about the nuances of Florida," said Taddeo.