After saying that America “was never that great” on Wednesday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) reversed course on Friday, saying that America “Has always been great” - and called his earlier remark “inartful.”
“The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and, of course, America has always been great,” Cuomo told reporters in a conference call according to the The New York Post. Regarding America’s greatness, The New York Post also quotes Cuomo saying, “No one questions that.”
In a speech on Wednesday, Cuomo unequivocally declared America isn’t, and “was never,” great:
“We're not going to 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. When that happens, this nation is going to be taken even higher because we have not yet fully liberated the women in this country. And we will. And New York will lead the way.”
Shortly after that remark, Cuomo’s Press Secretary Dani Lever released a statement contradicting Cuomo’s claim:
“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.”