In trying to distance himself from President Donald Trump, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made the shocking statement on Aug. 15 that the United States “was never that great.”

“We’re not going to make America great again,” Cuomo, who is a Democrat, added during a speech at a bill-signing ceremony in New York City.

The statement by Cuomo, who was signing legislation on a range of human-trafficking issues, drew a mix of cheering and shocked laughter from the audience.

A few hours later, Cuomo’s spokesperson came out with a statement trying to explain his 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,” Cuomo’s press secretary, Dani Lever, said in a statement.

New York’s Republican gubernatorial candidate, Marc Molinaro, called on Cuomo to apologize, saying that “America, with its imperfections, has always been great.”

“Our people, our principles, our promises have been a beacon of light to the world for 242 years and counting,” he said in a statement. “This governor is so determined to distract voters from his failed policies and corrupted administration, that he’s willing to dismiss the steady, determined march of the American people. … He should be ashamed of himself.”

“This [is] perhaps not the headline you want during a primary fight,” a Washington Post reporter commented on Twitter.

“Seems like a winning 2020 slogan,” joked another Twitter user, referring to rumors that Cuomo may be thinking of running for president in 2020.

Cuomo won a primary challenge against “Sex and the City” actress Cynthia Nixon, a far-left candidate who promoted issues such as the legalization of recreational marijuana and the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She says she has pushed Cuomo to the left on several issues, which she calls the “Cynthia effect.”

Source: The Epoch Times

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