During a bill-signing event on Wednesday in Manhattan, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo put his own twist on President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.
“We're not gonna make America great again...it was never that great. We have not reached greatness, we will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged, we will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51% of our population, is gone and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed and every woman is making her full contribution,” Cuomo said.
This comes two days after the President's speech at Fort Drum Army Base where Trump challenged Cuomo to run against him in 2020.
Donald Trump and Andrew Cuomo later exchanged some words on Twitter on Wednesday night:
.@RealDonaldTrump: 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.— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 16, 2018
Like NY's motto says: Excelsior -- Ever Upward (not backward) https://t.co/nrcUrsYJCO
Republican candidate for Governor Marc Molinaro released this statement after Cuomo's comments:
“America, with its imperfections, has always been great. Our people, our principles, and our promises have been a beacon light to the world for 242 years and counting. 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, making and remaking the greatness of America. Mr. Cuomo owes the nation an apology. He should be ashamed of himself."
A couple of hours after Cuomo's speech, this statement was released by Governor Cuomo's Press Secretary, Dani Lever:
"Jessica Proud, spokesperson for the Republican Party said, 'America is & always has been the greatest.' She should talk to President Trump who says make America great again - which obviously means he doesn't think it is great now.
"Governor Cuomo disagrees 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. America has not yet reached its maximum potential.
"When the President speaks about making America great again - going back in time - he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women's contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness."