Emilio Izquierdo, 71, and Gonzalo Lopez, 83, lunch in Little Havana staple of Versailles. Socialism, Izquierdo fears, will “destroy America.” (Alex Pappas/Fox News).
MIAMI – “I’m working and fighting against the Communists since I was 11 years old,” said Emilio Izquierdo, a 71-year-old Cuban-American exile, as he stood in front of the legendary Versailles restaurant, in the sweltering heat of Little Havana.
For decades, people like Izquierdo come to this place to see friends, eat authentic Cuban food and talk politics. On Wednesday, as a patron of Cuba, ordered niche sandwiches and café con leche, Izquierdo was fired, and speak of the rise of socialism in the United States-something he said in an interview with Fox News, he fears “destroy America”.
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The Flirt of Democratic presidential candidate with a socialist policy comes as polling shows, Democrats could have an opening to chip away at the traditionally solid GOP support of the Cuban-American community, especially with younger voters. But the older generation, in talks in Versailles, suggested that Democrats could be strange in the community by openly embracing socialist politics, as a candidate for two nights in Miami this week.
“You don’t know how the socialism,” 81-year-old Antonio Roque, who was born in Cuba and came to America in 1962, said the Cuban-American community, standing at the counter of Versailles, in the midst of a steady stream of tourists and locals. “I don’t like it.”
Cuban-American exile with the collection of food and talk politics for decades, in Versailles, in Little Havana. (Alex Pappas/Fox News).
Another patron, the 53-year-old Gonzalo Lopez, who was also born in Cuba, said he decided against watching the Democratic debates, because “I know how the Democrats now…I don’t know, like socialism.”
“It is a fight between democracy and socialism,” said Lopez. To do “I have nothing to do with the second.”
Before the debates, the Republican National Committee, visited Versailles, in an effort to Band-Democrats are to socialism — and keep their grip on the voters.
“There is no community understands this better than the Cuban community in Miami, many of them fled from the Castro regime, because they know what socialism means,” Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel said, during her visit on Wednesday.
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Emilio Izquierdo, a 71-year-old Cuban-American exile, gives his hat to Republican National Committee chairman Ronna McDaniel in Little Havana. (Alex Pappas/Fox News).
The national-democratic party has always claimed you are pushed back against the Republicans, the party of socialism now. DNC Chairman Tom Perez said recently on “Fox News Sunday”: “This is one of the oldest tricks in the playbook. You go back to 75 years, not to discuss if the Republicans want to, on topics that are real people, they call it socialism.”
But during the debates on Wednesday and Thursday night, many of the candidates embraced socialist policies, such as “Medicare for all”,” free public school and a 70 percent tax rate for the rich.
And in an embarrassing move, causing a reaction against, the mayor of New York Bill de Blasio on Thursday cited Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara to pump a lot of members of the union in the activities of advertising in Miami. “Hasta la victoria, siempre!” de Blasio called. The sentence translates to “Until victory, always!” and is attributed to Guevara, a key figure in the Cuban Revolution under Fidel Castro. (de Blasio later issued an apology and said that he knew the set was connected to Guevara.)
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Several of the Democrats in the night on Friday pushed back against the embrace of socialism, with the former Gov. John Hickenlooper of Colorado argue, it is a good policy.
“I think the bottom line is if we don’t clearly define, we are the socialists, the Republicans.go on us to come, so we can socialists and call us,” Hickenlooper said
This is exactly what they did in Versailles this week.
How was the restaurant tour on Wednesday, McDaniel stopped to talk to her Izquierdo, who wore a “trump 2020”. He said, the RNC Chairman that he identify himself as a Republican or a Democrat, but trump would choose in the year 2020. When McDaniel said she liked his hat, he offered to let you keep.
“I will show that it is the President,” she said.
Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Nick Givas contributed to this report.