Governor Andrew Cuomo is receiving criticism after his comments about America’s greatness.
“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged,” Governor Cuomo said.
The statement was a reaction to President Trump’s 2016 campaign slogan “Make America Great Again.” The governor’s comments received a mixture of groans and laughs.
“We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women - 51 percent of our population - is gone,” Cuomo said.
His critics were quick to pounce. President Trump reacted on Twitter.
“Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Trump tweeted.
Marc Molinaro, a Republican candidate for governor, said America “has always been great.” He accused Cuomo of trying to distract voters from his failed policies and corrupted administration.
“Mr. Cuomo owes the nation an apology. He should be ashamed of himself,” Molinaro said in a statement.
A spokesperson for Governor Cuomo later issued a statement that tried to clarify the governor’s original comments.
“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,” Cuomo press secretary Dani Lever said in a statement.
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