There's a big flap right now over New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's statement that America “was never that great.”
Cuomo's comments to an audience in New York last Friday were predictably pounced upon by the Trump supporting right that demands absolute fealty to their vision of an ass kickin', pro gun, fast food eatin' super power that beats up Muslims and bombs whomever they want. New York Republicans demanded an apology and even bought Cuomo a one-way bus ticket to Montreal, Canada. Tucker Carlson ran a segment on his show titled "Hate For America":
Tucker also spent several minutes gloating with a fellow conservative over the comment claiming it was yet more proof that the left "hates America" and want to fundamentally change it by turning it into a socialist country/immigrant utopia etc, etc.
Cuomo's statement even led to the commander in chief posting an impromptu poll on Twitter to ask his supporters whether they thought his comments were worse than Hillary Clinton's "deplorables" gaffe in the 2016 election:
Let's be clear here -- this ridiculous debate is only happening because one side of the political spectrum has the intellectual and emotional intelligence of a petulant teenager. Adults can have a reasonable and rational discussions as to whether America is a great nation by examining its history, culture and politics and looking at its historic effect on the rest of the world.
Cuomo was attempting to make a nuanced point by saying the country could do better if more citizens were engaged in the political process. Of course his choice of words was very, very unfortunate (politically speaking), but his full comments make clear he wasn't bashing America for the sake of it. “We’re not going to make America great again — it was never that great,” said Cuomo. “We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged.”
In the mind of a teenager, this type of statement is taken as a grave insult, and thus Republicans completely lost their minds. It is also the mindset of a deeply dysfunctional and insecure person who has to be told they are "great" over and over again in order to maintain their self esteem. Trump embodies this type of deep insecurity and it is perhaps the biggest reason why so many Republicans voted for him, and why Trump knew his slogan "Make America Great Again" would resonate. It is a party for the deeply insecure, mostly male, most white bigot who derives their self esteem from belittling and dominating others.
It is an incredibly sad spectacle to see grown adults taking grave offense to Cuomo's statement, particularly when they supported an alleged pedophile for the US Senate and elected a known sexual predator to the White House. It is apparently fine to elect men who rape and sexually assault women and children to public office, but heaven forbid a liberal question America's greatness.
Really though, this is just a way for the right to score some much needed points against the Democrats and help their narrative that liberals hate America. It is stupid, and will be perpetuated by stupid people. Sadly, this is what constitutes debate in this country, which of course adds to Cuomo's original question as to whether America was ever that great to begin with.
[And for the record, I do believe America is great, but not for any of the reasons Republicans do. More on this next week.]