Late night TV host Stephen Colbert is no fan of President Trump, but even his mouth dropped wide open at New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s failed dig at Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan this week.
On his show Thursday night, Colbert sarcastically told his audience, “Cuomo gave a speech at a bill signing event, and in doing so, he said something stupid. It’s subtle to pick out, but see if you can spot it.”
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He then played the clip of Cuomo saying, “We’re not going to make American again. It was never that great.”
Colbert stood with his mouth open in shock for 15 seconds as the crowd howled with shock and laughter.
“That is the dumbest thing you can say as a politician,” Colbert chided. “That’s like closing your speech with ‘Apple pie sucks, I’m lukewarm on the troops, and those stripes make the American flag look fat. Thank you, I hate my mother!’ C’mon, America may have been through some rough patches, but we’ve also done great things.”
During the Monday speech, in which he also emphasized his push for guaranteed access to abortion and free emergency contraceptives, Cuomo added, “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, unleashed, and every woman is making her full contribution.”
After a massive backlash on Wednesday, the New York governor, who is running for reelection and might seek the presidency, tried to backtrack his statement and claim that Trump is the one who says America isn’t great.
"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,” a statement from the governor’s office read.
"Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President,” it continued. “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.”
That backpedal was met with ridicule as well as another round of very strong criticism from Trump on Twitter.
“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 wrote.
“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!” the president continued, referring to the CNN anchor.
Then Trump asked, “Which is worse, Hightax Andrew Cuomo's statement, ‘WE’RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT’ or Hillary Clinton’s “DEPLORABLES” statement…”
“...I say Andrew’s was a bigger and more incompetent blunder,” he concluded. “He should easily win his race against a Super Liberal Actress, but his political career is over!”