Former NFL Quarterback Boomer Esiason said Thursday that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) “may want to rethink” saying America was “never that great.” Esiason responded to Cuomo on Twitter with a post and a picture, linking to the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial.
“NY Gov @andrewcuomo says America was never that great. He may want to rethink that,” Esiason said in a Tweet.
In a second tweet Esiason said, “Another reminder of the great sacrifices made not only on behalf of this nation but for the world as well,” while including a link to an image of Arlington National Cemetery.
After broad public backlash, Gov. Cuomo's office released a statement contradicting Cuomo’s “never that great” claim:
Press Secretary Dani Lever released a statement claiming “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.”
Esiason played 14 seasons in the National Football League with the New York Jets, Cincinnati Bengals and Arizona Cardinals. He is currently an analyst for “The NFL Today” on CBS and a host of the radio program, “Boomer and Gio,” in New York City.