New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and his brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo, actually are the subjects of the movie “Dumb and Dumber” after each brother found himself the subject of controversy this week, according to Fox News’ “The Five” co-host Greg Gutfeld.
“Interesting fact — so Andrew and Chris, right, brothers? Did you know that the movie ‘Dumb and Dumber’ is based on them?” Gutfeld deadpanned Wednseday. “Interesting fact.”
The 1994 comedy starring Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels focuses on two idiotic friends bumbling their way through a cross-country trip to return a briefcase brimming with ransom money.
Andrew Cuomo (pictured left above) fielded intense backlash after he claimed during a speech Wednesday that “we’re not going to make America great again” because “it was never that great.” He apparently was trying to criticize President Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan.
“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 percent of our population, is gone, and every woman’s full potential is realized and unleashed, and every woman is making her full contribution,” Andrew Cuomo said.
But the comment fell flat and earned the New York governor some boos from the audience, sending his spokeswoman scrambling to provide clarification.
“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.
“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.”
Andrew Cuomo’s words stood in stark contrast to his father’s praise for America. The late Mario Cuomo, a former governor of New York, delivered an iconic speech at the 1984 Democratic Convention in San Francisco, where he hailed the U.S. as a “magnificent mosaic.”
Trump targeted Cuomo Wednesday on Twitter, writing, “‘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!”
“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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 16, 2018
Cuomo replied, “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. Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward).”
.@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.
Like NY's motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward) https://t.co/nrcUrsYJCO
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) August 16, 2018
Chris Cuomo (pictured above right) earned his own backlash Monday when he defended the militant liberal street violence group Antifa after members supposedly protesting white supremacists harassed Washington, D.C., police officers and media members over the weekend.
“If you’re a punk who comes and starts trouble in a mask and hurt people, you’re not about any virtuous cause. You’re just somebody who’s going to be held to the standard of doing something wrong,” Chris Cuomo said on CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time.”
“But when someone comes to call out bigots and it gets hot, even physical, are they equally wrong as the bigot they are fighting? I argue no,” he continued.
Chris Cuomo called the Antifa members “counterprotesters” and claimed the “vast majority of them were peaceful,” arguing that “all punches are not equal.”
“You look at this inflammatory rhetoric and you’ve got to realize that we are being sold a bill of goods about this era of being super-divisive and awful and evil,” Gutfeld said. “I was at the Nixon Library over the weekend. When you walk in, you see their first year, which is 1968, in the museum. You walk through there. War, riots, domestic bombings, domestic terror, internal-external threats, assassinations, communists were ascendant during that period.”
Gutfeld continued, noting that “the only thing missing was asteroids and Rosie O’Donnell. It was a terrifying era. So people have to realize that this is not an era of great conflict. Right now we are in an era of peace and prosperity. But we are being sold that this is the worst possible time to be alive when in fact, [paging] Cuomo, America is great.”