New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is going through a deluge of criticism for declaring America “was by no means that nice” — with even liberal gubernatorial rival Cynthia Nixon mocking him for what she known as a ham-fisted try and sound like a progressive.
Cuomo sparked gasps from supporters at a bill-signing ceremony on Wednesday when he took a shot at President Trump’s “Make America Nice Once more” slogan, saying: “We’re not going to make America nice once more. It was by no means that nice.”
“Now we have not reached greatness, we’ll attain greatness when each America is absolutely engaged, we’ll attain greatness when discrimination and stereotyping towards girls, 51 % of our inhabitants, is gone,” he mentioned.
ANDREW CUOMO SHOCKS CROWD, SAYS AMERICA WAS ‘NEVER THAT GREAT’
The comment zipped round social media inside minutes, resulting in an avalanche of criticism from commentators and political rivals.
Nixon, who’s attempting to unseat Cuomo within the main, mocked the institution Democrat by suggesting it was a part of his efforts to fend off her left-wing problem; she has beforehand claimed “The Cynthia Impact” has pressured Cuomo to undertake extra left-wing stances.
“I believe that is simply one other instance of Andrew Cuomo attempting to determine what a progressive appears like and lacking by a mile,” the activist and “Intercourse and the Metropolis” actress informed NY1 on Wednesday.
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Cuomo was additionally hit from the precise, the place longshot Republican challenger Marc Molinaro mentioned he was “ashamed and shocked” on the remarks and known as on Cuomo to apologize.
“Even with our imperfections, this nation, its promise, its goal, its ideas and its folks have all the time been nice and that decided march towards making issues higher, that’s what has all the time made America nice,” he mentioned on “Fox & Pals” Thursday. “I’m ashamed to assume my governor doesn’t know that.”
The controversy stirred up New York politics, however with Cuomo’s presence as a nationally identified determine and amid rumors of a 2020 Democratic presidential run, it additionally took a nationwide flip. President Trump accused Cuomo of getting a “whole meltdown.”
“Are you able to imagine that is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State within the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a complete meltdown!” he tweeted.
Cuomo responded by tweeting to Trump: “What you say could be ‘nice once more’ wouldn’t be nice in any respect…We is not going to return to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK.”
Cuomo’s workplace, in the meantime, was strolling again his assertion, saying that Cuomo does the truth is imagine America to be nice.
“The governor believes America is nice and that her full greatness can be absolutely realized when each man, girl and baby has full equality,” his workplace mentioned in a press release. “America has not but reached its most potential.”
Whereas Cuomo’s remarks could characterize a part of a broader tilt by Democratic candidates towards extra open statements about America’s alleged failings, it additionally has echoes of his late father Mario Cuomo’s speech on the 1984 Democratic Nationwide Conference.
In that tackle, the senior Cuomo took concern with then-President Ronald Reagan calling America “a shining metropolis on a hill.” Whereas the elder Cuomo — additionally a New York governor — accepted that “in some ways we’re a shining metropolis on a hill,” he mentioned that not everybody shares in its splendor.
He spoke of a second metropolis, wherein folks can’t pay mortgages, college students can’t afford training, the aged “tremble within the basements” and folks sleep within the streets “the place the glitter doesn’t present.”
“Mr. President you must know that this nation is extra a ‘Story of Two Cities’ than it’s only a ‘Shining Metropolis on a Hill,’” he mentioned in a Dickensian flourish.
But he described himself as occupying the best seat “within the best state, within the best nation” on this planet.