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Midterms 2018

Cuomo Caves: Outrage After ‘America Never Great’ Gaffe Leads to Bizarre PR Statement

As Democrats gear up for the 2018 midterms, 67 percent of likely voters said they don't support the New York governor's remark

Two-thirds of Americans surveyed reject New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D) infamous claim recently that America “was never that great,” according to a Rasmussen Reports poll released Monday.

Sixty-seven percent of likely U.S. voters disagree with Cuomo’s claim that America “never was that great,” while just 17 percent agree with Cuomo’s assertion. Roughly 16 percent said they were undecided.

Rasmussen surveyed 1,000 likely voters from August 16 to August 19.

Cuomo (above right), who is running for re-election, talked his way into a painful nationwide backlash following an August 15 speech, during which he tried to mock President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” 2016 campaign slogan.

Cuomo stunned his audience by claiming, “We’re not going to make America great again” because “it was never that great.”

Realizing his remark didn’t sit well with many in his audience, Cuomo then hurried to clean things up, noting that “we have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”

He added, “We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone, and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed, and every woman is making her full contribution.”

Ironically enough, when Cuomo announced his 2010 gubernatorial bid in a video statement, he said, “Together, we can make New York great again. Let’s get to work.”

But as the backlash piled on, Cuomo’s spokeswoman scrambled to provide additional clarification, insisting, “The governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman and child has full equality.”

It didn’t take long for Cuomo’s gaffe to capture Trump’s attention.

“‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT.’ Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

“How does a politician, Cuomo, known for pushing people and businesses out of his state, not to mention having the highest taxes in the U.S., survive making the statement, WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT? Which section of the sentence is worse?” Trump added Thursday.

“Wow! Big pushback on Governor Andrew Cuomo of New York for his really dumb statement about America’s lack of greatness. I have already MADE America Great Again, just look at the markets, jobs, military- setting records, and we will do even better. Andrew ‘choked’ badly, mistake!” Trump added Friday.

“When a politician admits that ‘We’re not going to make America great again,’ there doesn’t seem to be much reason to ever vote for him. This could be a career threatening statement by Andrew Cuomo, with many wanting him to resign-he will get higher ratings than his brother Chris!”

During a conference call on Friday, Cuomo admitted that the “expression” he used last Wednesday “was inartful,” saying, “I want to be very clear: Of course America is great, and of course America has always been great. No one questions that.”

Related: ‘Anti-American Rhetoric’ Is Dem Norm Now, RNC Spokesperson Says

It’s no secret that Democrats have been struggling to rebuild their party and rally around a unifying message to take to American voters in the wake of their resounding losses across the board during the 2016 elections.

But as Democrats gear up for the 2018 midterm elections in November and seek to retake majorities in Congress, Republicans can be expected to make sure Cuomo’s ill-advised observation will repeatedly come back to haunt his party.

“It’s truly stunning, unpatriotic commentary there, anti-American even,” Republican National Committee (RNC) spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany warned Thursday on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.”

“They’re destroying the very fabric of our country with comments like this.”

“We are seeing a trend in the Democratic Party towards anti-American rhetoric, and we must reject it. That’s a stunning remark from Andrew Cuomo,” McEnany said.

“We used to be able to agree on basic precepts, like we are a capitalist society, we are a great country, America is great,” McEnany said. “But now from the Democratic debate stage come 2020, you are going to hear anti-American rhetoric, you are going to hear anti-capitalist rhetoric, pro-socialist rhetoric. They’re destroying the very fabric of our country with comments like this.”