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Capital Region reacts to Gov. Cuomo saying America 'was never that great'

August 16, 2018 07:46 PM

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is facing backlash Thursday after remarking America was "never that great," while criticizing President Donald Trump in a speech.

"We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great," said Cuomo Wednesday afternoon while signing a bill to make sex trafficking a felony in the state. "We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.

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The governor’s supporters said he was acknowledging America’s history of racism and inequality. Standing by Cuomo is Democratic Rep. Paul Tonko.  

"I understand where the governor is in terms of talking about some segments of the population that have not been part of a growing economy or have been on the outside looking in for a long time," explained Tonko.

Not agreeing with the governor, state Republican Sen. George Amedore. He released a statement saying in part, "It’s an insult to every veteran who fought for our nation, every immigrant who came here in search of a brighter future, and the hardworking men and women who have built and continue to strengthen our nation."

Also releasing a statement is state Republican Sen. Jim Tedisco. He said, "When he claims that America ‘was never that great,’ the governor should tell that to the ‘Greatest Generation’ of Americans who saved the world from darkness during World War II. Tell that to the thousands of Americans who built our space program and landed Americans on the Moon. "

Also offended by the governor’s comment is Albany Marine Veteran Robert Porter.

"If he's trying to say he wasn't being disrespectful to our military, I am not the military active duty, but I can tell you personally that was an attack on me as a veteran by Andrew Cuomo," said Porter.

Porter said he understands America is not perfect, but it could be worsr.

"Every time I go to another country, the only think I can think of is how great America really is," explained Porter.

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