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Feeling pressure, NYC mayoral candidate De Blasio blasts Cuba’s dictatorship… sort of

Apparently, the revelation that New York City mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio is a huge fan and supporter of murderous communist dictatorships in Latin America is taking a toll on his campaign. In a radio interview with a Cuban American host, De Blasio attempted to walk back his support for the repressive Castro dictatorship, but it looks to me that his halfhearted attempt to criticize the Cuban regime and hide is affinity for murderous communists fell way short.

Via the New York Post:

Bill DeBlasio blasts Cuba on Cuban-American’s show

Bill DeBlasio blasts Cuba on Cuban-American’s show

Left-leaning Democratic mayoral candidate Bill deBlasio criticized Cuba Friday when he went on a radio show hosted by a Cuban-American.

Asked what he learned in the country where he chose to honeymoon two decades ago, deBlasio pointed to its most obvious  flaws.

“I didn’t go on a trip to fully study the country. I don’t pretend to have full perspective of the country,” he said on WADO radio.

“I have a huge critique of the current government there because its undemocratic and it doesn’t allow freedom of the press and I think there’s a huge number of problems.I also think its well know that there’s some good things that happened,for example in health care.”

But the Cuban-American host didn’t accept that commonly repeated assessment of Cuba’s medical care.

“You know they don’t have in Cuba the thread to have to have stitches done for people who get cut. But that’s your opinion of the health care situation in Cuba. I hear otherwise,”he said.

deBlasio didn’t respond.

3 comments to Feeling pressure, NYC mayoral candidate De Blasio blasts Cuba’s dictatorship… sort of

  • Honey

    NYC the center of culture and education. Are New York voters really this stupid that they would consider voting for this dangerous candidate after so many years of falling crime rates? If NYC is willing to vote for this guy, then we are doomed.

  • asombra

    There's a difference between stupid and foolish. People with high IQ can be foolish, just as people brilliant in one area can be hopeless in others. New Yorkers are too full of themselves and think they're too sharp to miss, which is a set-up for screwing up. De Blasio bears an uncanny resemblance to Al Gore, only less fatuous and more doctrinaire, and I don't think it's an insignificant coincidence. The guy has "prick" written all over him, but then Obama had "unfit" written all over him, and look what happened--twice.

  • Rayarena

    As a New Yorker, I can tell you right now that DeBlasio is going to win. His honeymoon in Cuba, or his statement to the Cuban interviewer that Cuba has some good things like great medicine is not going to set him back at all. Remember, NYC's hometown paper is the New York Times and the New York Times publishes Cuba's press releases. In other words, it acts as a propagandist rag for the regime. What's more, most "liberal" New Yorkers [at least 70% of the population] believe that we should have relations with Cuba, believe the Godfather II's take on Cuba and want to vacation in Cuba. You see, most "liberal" New Yorkers get their information from the New York Times. You see them in the morning reading the NYT's in the subway on their way to work, or they get their cultural cues from another "liberal" cesspool of a magazine called the "New Yorker." The New York Post is more conservative, but its despised by the movers and shakers of New York, the well-to-do upper east siders, the upper west siders and New York's cultural elite and academicians. What's more, NYC is highly fragmented. With over 2 million blacks, fully 25 percent of the population of the city, with one million gays and lesbians, with millions of LATEENOS and with other groups that traditionally vote liberal, I'm pretty sure that he's going to win.