Very liberal New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has attempted to back off from his statement that America was "never that great" while at a legislation signing Tuesday that would elevate sex-trafficking to a felony.

While referring to Trump's MAGA slogan, Cuomo said, “We’re not gonna ‘Make America Great Again.’ It was never that great.” Cuomo Continued, “We will reach greatness when discrimination and stereotyping against women, 51 percent of our population, is gone … and every woman is making her full contribution.”

Cuomo: America was "Never that great"

After being ripped by a number of Democratic and Republican critics, Cuomo backed off from the statement.

Per Daily Caller:

“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. “America has not yet reached its maximum potential.”

Lever added that when Trump talked about making America great again, he was focused on going back in time when people suffered from “slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women’s contributions.”

“Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Trump said in a tweet around 7 p.m. Wednesday.

Cuomo responded to Trump’s tweet about half an hour later.

“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).”

One of the Democrats who thought Cuomo was way off with this statement was Democratic gubernatorial candidate and actress Cynthia Nixon.

“I think this is just another example of Andrew Cuomo trying to figure out what a progressive sounds like and missing by a mile,” Nixon was quoted as saying by NY1.

It was a pretty cut and dry statement from Cuomo. Not the type of statement you can say you were misquoted on or taken out of content. But he will still try.

President Trump fired back on Twitter

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