Crist Running Mate Karla Hernandez-Mats Deletes Tweet Saying Many ‘Mourn’ Castro’s Death, then Compared DeSantis to Castro

September 6, 2022 Updated 9:08 AM ET

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TALLAHASSEE (FLV) – On Labor Day, Karla Hernandez-Mats, Democrat gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist’s running mate, compared Gov. Ron DeSantis to Fidel Castro after deleting an old tweet referencing “mourn” to the communist dictator.

“DeSantis is removing elected officials and arresting voters. These abuses of power are familiar to us who have seen what happens in Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua,” she said. “Like Castro, Ron is moving our state closer to authoritarian rule. Charlie and I will stop this wannabe dictator.”

Last month, Florida’s Voice reported that Hernandez-Mats issued a tweet saying “many in Cuba Mourn” the death of Castro. “A political figure dies at 90. Most in Miami rejoice, many in Cuba mourn #FidelCastro,” she said on Nov. 26, 2016.

The tweet is now deleted. A few hours after deleting it, she compared DeSantis to Castro.

Christina Pushaw, rapid response director for the DeSantis campaign, referenced a PolitiFact article from 2010 – when Charlie Crist was governor of Florida – saying he has “had the challenge” to “suspend no less than 37 public officials in about 30 months.” PolitiFact rated his statement “mostly true.”

“Under the Florida Constitution, the Governor has the authority to suspend elected officials who are unable or unwilling to do their jobs,” Pushaw said. Past governors have used this authority before, including @CharlieCrist.”

Castro died at age 90 on Nov. 25, 2016. He was a Cuban revolutionary and avidly communist in his leading of the country. He lead the country from 1959 to 2008.

Crist’s reported running mate has also been documented depicting parents concerned about COVID-19 restrictions as armed monsters and is seen allegedly grabbing and shoving a videographer.

In the video, Hernandez-Mats is approached by a man asking her questions.

“Are you Karla Mats? Are you Karla Mats? This lady needs to be fired,” he says before Mats quickly buts in, swipes at his hand, and pushes him back: “Bro, who the h*** are you?!”

Hernandez-Mats is the president of United Teachers of Dade, which is a teachers union in Miami. She Tweeted a picture of various famous horror characters in costumes with chainsaws and blades saying they are “going to a school board meeting.”

“For any of you following the school board meetings, you know that the craziness is real,” Mats said on Twitter of teachers. “God be with us.”

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