Democratic presidential candidate New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio gestures during a Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Art, Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

De Blasio apologizes for shouting Cuban revolution slogan at Miami rally

June 27, 2019 - 6:32 pm

MIAMI (1010 WINS/AP) -- New York City mayor and presidential candidate Bill de Blasio says he didn't realize a Spanish slogan that he shouted during a rally with Miami airport workers was associated with Cuba's Communist revolution.

De Blasio posted his explanation on Twitter on Thursday evening, several hours after the rally at Miami International Airport.

De Blasio said during the rally, "Hasta la Victoria, siempre!'' or "Until victory, always!'' The phrase is most associated with revolutionary leader Che Guevara and was a rallying cry for Fidel Castro.

That drew criticism in a city heavily influenced by exiles who fled the late Castro's rule.

De Blasio apologized on Twitter and explains he only meant it as a literal message to the striking airport workers that he believed they would be victorious in their strike.

Democratic state Sen. Annette Taddeo of Florida said on Twitter she was "utterly disgusted'' and that Blasio should not be quoting an infamous leftist guerrilla fighter and should quit his campaign.