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Democratic NY Gov. Cuomo: America 'was never that great'

In a speech delivered Wednesday, New York's Democratic governor and potential 2020 contender Andrew Cuomo attacked President Donald Trump and his "Make America Great Again" slogan, saying America "was never that great."

"We're not going to make America great again; it was never that great," Cuomo said at a bill signing ceremony for anti-human trafficking legislation. "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 and unleashed, and every woman is making her full contribution.

"When that happens this nation is going to be taken even higher," he added.

Cuomo attacked the president's policies on everything from immigration to taxes and the administration's opposition to gun control. He frequently mentioned Trump's campaign slogan.

"Make America great again. What does that mean? We're going to go back to a time when America was great, right? Great again, the whole concept is retrospective. When do you want to go back to, Mr. President?" Cuomo said.

"What was the great time that you want to take us back to, when America was great? Before the environmental protection movement? Before marriage equality, when it was just a man and a woman? Before these new immigrants started to come across the border, and before the women's equality movement. That's when America was great in his head. He wants to take us back to that point when women had traditional roles."

Cuomo is running for a third term as New York's governor. If he wins, he's widely expected to announce his candidacy for president in 2020.

Here's a link to the full video of his speech.

Editor's note: A link to full video of Gov. Cuomo's speech was added after publication. 

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