Trump Slams Cuomo for Saying America ‘Was Never That Great’

Bowen Xiao
By Bowen Xiao
August 16, 2018Politics
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Trump Slams Cuomo for Saying America ‘Was Never That Great’
Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks to the press during the New York Democratic convention at Hofstra University on May 23, 2018 in Hempstead, New York. Hillary Clinton attended the event to support Governor Andrew Cuomo's bid for a third term. (Kevin Hagen/Getty Images)

A comment about America uttered by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo caused a firestorm on Aug. 15, sparking critiques from many across the political spectrum, including President Donald Trump.

“WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT.” Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Trump wrote on Aug 15.

Cuomo had taken a jab at Trump’s famous “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan at a bill signing event in Manhattan.

“We’re not going to Make America Great Again,” Cuomo said at the event. “It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”

His comment drew an audible reaction from the crowd—both gasps and cheers were heard.

Cuomo himself responded to Trump’s post shortly after. The governor is a frequent critic of Trump and is running for a third term this year.

“What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all… We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK,” Cuomo wrote. “Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward).”

The governor’s press secretary, Dani Lever, followed up by backtracking on his comments, adding that Cuomo does not agree with the President.

“The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality,” Lever said in a statement. “America has not yet reached its maximum potential.”

Rebuke

“America, with its imperfections, has always been great,” Mark Molinaro, a GOP gubernatorial candidate responded in a statement.”Our people, our principles, and our promises have been a beacon light to the world for 242 years and counting.”

Molinaro continued by calling for the governor to apologize, adding that he should be “ashamed of himself.”

Former actress Cynthia Nixon, Cuomo’s Democratic primary opponent told NY1, “I think this is just another example of Andrew Cuomo trying to figure out what a progressive sounds like and missing by a mile.”

From The Epoch Times

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