It’s called “Adelante,” which means forward or onward in Spanish. As it so happens, slogans such as “¡Adelante!” or “¡La Revolución Seguirá Adelante!” were very popular rallying cries under the communist regime of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, or as he is known to some elected Democrats, “el comandante en jefe.” The national, socialist Cuban newspaper founded in 1959, the year Castro took power, is also called Adelante,and boasts that it was “primero con la Revolución.”
The DNC, which announced the program on Wednesday, has already rolled out some fancy graphic designs urging Latino voters to move “adelente con los Demócratas.” They are pictured below alongside some of Castro’s communist propaganda:
Many Democrats were appalled by the party’s relatively poor showing among Latino voters in the 2020 election. Some argued that embracing “woke” terminology such as “Latinx,” a word which most Latinos do not use or even understand, made Democrats appear to be out of touch. Others, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.), faulted Democrats for alienating Hispanic voters with “loose talk of socialism,” according to the authors of This Will Not Pass, a recently published book about the 2020 election and its aftermath.
Pelosi wasn’t just spitballing. She had presumably seen survey data suggesting a huge chunk of Latino voters (about 40 percent, according to the Democratic polling firm Equis Labs) were concerned about the Democrats openly embracing socialism. There are plenty of ways Democrats could address these concerns; the most obvious would be to stop their open embracing of socialism. Another might be not name your Latino outreach program after a communist dictator’s propaganda slogan.
Fun fact: Former Obama adviser Ben Rhodes, best known for lying to journalists about the administration’s efforts to appease Iran, attended Fidel Castro’s funeral in Havana in 2016 alongside official delegations from China, Russia, and other prominent human-rights abusers.✪
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