New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was roundly mocked Wednesday after he attempted to riff on President Donald Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again” by instead claiming America “was never that great.”
In what many are calling his 2020 presidential campaign slogan, Cuomo told a New York crowd he didn’t believe Trump could live up to his promise.
“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said.
“We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution,” stated Cuomo, brother of CNN’s Chris Cuomo.
The governor apparently misspoke, however, according to his press secretary.
Within moments the Democrat’s spokeswoman issued a statement retracting the governor’s claim that America was never great.
“The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential,” she wrote in a statement obtained by Fox News.
“When the President speaks about making America great again – going back in time – he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness.”
But the damage was already done, and many on social media let Cuomo have it.
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) August 15, 2018
"Andrew Cuomo: America was never that great" doesn't seem like a great slogan, but what do I know?
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) August 15, 2018
Quite the quote from NY Governor Andrew Cuomo (Dem): "We are not going to make America great again. It was never that great….We have not reached greatness."
— Robby Starbuck (@robbystarbuck) August 15, 2018
The battle for dumbest Cuomo appears to be escalating dramatically this week.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) August 15, 2018
>Declaration of Independence
>Bill of Rights
>Won WWI and WWII
>More immigrants than any other nation
>Immense Wealth & Innovation
>Protector of Israel
Cuomo's 2020 slogan: America "was never that great."#ThingsThatConfuseMe
— Jamie White (@WhiteIsTheFury) August 15, 2018
2020 will be referendum on the idea of America
Our side will argue we are the greatest country ever to exist – that we should be thankful to be Americans & give glory to god we live in this country
The other side will say “America was never great” and are angry to be in America
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) August 15, 2018
Governor Andrew Cuomo says America "was never that great"
The left hits a new low with this blatantly anti-American falsehood! https://t.co/cTqJqu8g1j
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) August 15, 2018
No, no. He mispoke. What he meant to say is that Andrew Cuomo was never that great.
— Jeffrey D Meyer (@Tyrannicus) August 15, 2018
President Trump on Monday threw water on Cuomo’s potential 2020 presidential aspirations, welcoming the Democrat to challenge him.
“Please do it. Please,” Trump told a crowd of Republicans at a New York fundraiser for Rep. Claudia Tenney. “Anybody that runs against Trump suffers.”
He added that Cuomo would “take away your Second Amendment more than anything” if he ran, which he’d promised Trump he would not do.
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