New York Governor Andrew Cuomo stepped in it so badly on Wednesday that he wound up attacked by not only conservatives but from his far-left primary opponent, former Sex and the City actress Cynthia Nixon. A good rule of thumb is that when you’re being attacked by the right and the far-left for the exact same thing, you’ve lost the plot and need to take a few days off. Because Cuomo is either demonstrating the advanced, terminal symptoms of Trump Derangement Syndrome or he is finally showing New Yorkers who he really is. Either way, this is a quote that’s going to haunt him for a long time to come.
At an event on the Lower East Side on Wednesday, Cuomo decided the time was ripe to take a shot at the president, with whom he is engaged in a longrunning feud (that Trump may or may not be aware of).
“We’re not going to make America great again,” Cuomo said. “It was never that great. We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”
The comments were met with gasps, laughter, and groans from the audience, which seemed to understand immediately that their governor had just made the gaffe of a lifetime.
Cuomo’s office understood it as well and quickly released a statement “clarifying” the governor’s remarks. In other words, backtracking like there was no tomorrow.
“Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President,” Cuomo’s press secretary said in a statement. “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.”
Er, your boss just said in plain words that America “was never that great.” Now he believes America “is great”? Uh-huh. Okay. Sure.
“‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT,’” President Trump tweeted on Thursday morning. “Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!”
Cuomo, in damage control mode, responded: “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.”
Yes, because President Trump is pushing for SEGREGATION on a regular basis.
As we mentioned, even Cynthia Nixon took a shot at Cuomo.
“I think it’s just another example of Andrew Cuomo trying to figure out what a progressive sounds like and missing by a mile,” she said.
Oh, we wouldn’t say he was that far off the mark, to be honest. Even so, we expect New Yorkers will be inundated by Cuomo’s comment in TV ads for the next couple of months. This might very well have been a career-killing mistake.