The Mayor of New York and failing Democratic presidential candidate is at it again with the communist dog whistles. It’s not subtle at all.
The first instance of Mayor Bill de Blasio referencing communism during his campaign was earlier this year in June, when he held a rally with union members at Miami International Airport. The presidential candidate shouted “Hasta la Victoria Siempre” to a crowd of what appeared to be mostly Hispanic-Americans. That’s “Until victory, always,” in English. This is better known as Che Guevara’s common rally slogan.
Guevara was an Argentine Marxist who became the poster boy of Fidel Castro’s communist rule in Cuba. He was a proud mass-murderer. He also held extremely bigoted views on Africans and homosexuals. Not the best platform for a so-called socialist or progressive hero. None of that’s a secret, yet de Blasio thought it would be appropriate to yell the motto to a crowd of workers.
The video of this occurrence amassed thousands of views and negative comments. Mayor Francis Suarez, the Republican leader, publicly shamed the New York Democrat for his words on Twitter.
de Blasio had to release an apology on Twitter after the criticism got bad. In two posts, he said “I did not know the phrase I used in Miami today was associated with Che Guevara & I did not mean to offend anyone who heard it that way. I certainly apologize for not understanding that history. I only meant it as a literal message to the striking airport workers that I believed they would be victorious in their strike- BdB.”. As expected, people did not let up on him in the comments. The first night of the Democratic debates took place the day before “BdB” held a rally in the airport. That was when multiple candidates spoke Spanish in an attempt to garner support from the Hispanic American community. Perhaps this was a similar attempt on de Blasio’s part, but it severely missed the mark.
One would hope that this incident would be the start and end of the bumbling New York mayor’s habit of using communist dog whistles, but that’s wishful thinking. Before last night’s debate, de Blasio released yet another controversial tweet.
It’s safe to say de Blasio was not innocently using the term “comrade.” It’s not a common word to use outside the context of addressing a fellow socialist or communist. It has been used in reference to socialist workers since the French Revolution. After the Russian Revolution, this escalated to full-blown communism. Either way, this was just an awful choice of words. If de Blasio wanted to win the nomination he would nip the communism rumors in the bud. The fact that he hasn’t done that confirms suspicions that he at least wants to appeal to that side of the political spectrum, and it’s not helping him at all.