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New York Mayor Bill de Blasio’s red past showed its ugly head recently in Miami where the Democratic presidential candidate offended the masses by glamorizing a Marxist revolutionary who executed thousands to impose communism and begged his Soviet compadres to nuke the U.S. At a union rally for striking airport workers, de Blasio proudly quoted Ernesto Che Guevara, a terrorist murderer who helped Cuban dictator Fidel Castro execute thousands of men, women and children in front of firing squads. He happens to be one of the most despised historical figures in south Florida.
True to his communist roots, de Blasio pumped up the striking Miami airport workers a few days ago with an infamous Guevara quote: “Hasta la victoria siempre!” (Until victory, always). Miami’s mainstream newspaper dismissed it as a “gaffe” that required an apology. The Democratic presidential candidate was only trying to endear himself to Miami’s Hispanic diaspora, according to the article, which defended the big-city mayor for intending to say something akin to the United Farm Workers’ motto, “Si se puede.” (Yes, we can). “An apparently unwitting de Blasio uttered a revolutionary rallying cry deeply associated with Fidel Castro’s Communist revolution and a man viewed by hundreds of thousands of Cuban exiles as a sociopath and mass murderer,” the article states.
Ironically, as Cuba’s Minister of Industries in the 1960s Guevara said this: “By no means can Cuban workers go on strike! Cuban workers must adjust to life in a collectivist-socialists order!” He also referred to the United States as the “great enemy of mankind.” Guevara actually begged the Soviet Union to nuke the U.S., specifically New York, Washington D.C. or Los Angeles. He famously said; “against those hyenas there is no option but extermination…If the missiles had remained in Cuba, we would have fired them against the heart of the U.S. including New York City!” This is why even fellow Democrats were enraged by de Blasio’s Guevara quote and took to social media to blast the presidential candidate. Florida state Senator Jose Javier Rodriguez wrote that quoting a murderer responsible for death and oppression in communist Cuba and throughout Latin America is not acceptable. His Democrat colleague in the state senate, Annette Taddeo, posted that she was utterly disgusted. “How can anyone wanting to be the leader of the free world quote a murderous guerrilla -in Miami no less! A community filled with his victims!”
Back in 2013 Judicial Watch uncovered documents showing that de Blasio was an active supporter of a brutal communist regime well known as one of the worst human rights abusers in Latin America, the Sandinistas in Nicaragua. He was so enamored with Soviet-backed revolutionaries that he traveled to the capital city of the war-torn country, Managua, to aid their cause by participating in a relief mission. Upon de Blasio’s return to the United States, he joined the Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York (NSN). Judicial Watch examined the records of the NSN at the Tamiment Library & Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, located on the campus of New York University (NYU) in the Greenwich Village section of New York City. The archive is also the NYU “Reference Center for Marxist Studies.” According to the archive record guide: “The Nicaragua Solidarity Network of Greater New York (1985-2002), and its member organizations worked to support the Sandinista Revolution and to protest U.S. support of the counter-revolutionary military movement, aka the Contras, who also killed civilian supporters of the revolution, targeting medical and educational personnel in particular.”
The records show de Blasio was an ardent supporter of the communist revolutionaries in Nicaragua, raised funds for the Sandinistas and was a subscriber to the party’s newspaper, “Barricada” (The Barricade). He traveled to Nicaragua in 1988 and became active in the NSN upon his return to the U.S. New York’s mayor has been unapologetic about his involvement with a foreign Marxist political movement accused of slaughtering innocent civilians and practicing the “disappearance” technique of eliminating political foes. In fact, the Sandinistas were renowned as one of Latin America’s worst human rights violators. During three years of revolution they carried out thousands of political executions and the disappearance of thousands more who were considered anti-revolutionary, according to a Russian-born scholar cited in a news article. By 1983 there were about 20,000 political prisoners held in the Marxist regime’s jails, the highest number of political prisoners of any nation in the hemisphere with the exception of Castro’s communist Cuba.
Incredibly, de Blasio’s communist ties have not hurt his political career. In 1996 he ran the Clinton-Gore campaign in New York State. Then he served as the senior Housing and Urban Development (HUD) official for the New York/New Jersey region from 1997 to 1999. During that period, HUD was defrauded of more than $70 million in de Blasio’s region. That didn’t stop the Clintons from tapping him to run Hillary Clinton’s successful 2000 U.S. Senate campaign. De Blasio subsequently served on the New York City Council and as Public Advocate, the city’s second-highest elected official, before being elected mayor. Now he wants to be president of the United States.