Cuomo once used similar "make great again" slogan

After his comment that America "was never that great", in an attempt to mock President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan, several people on social media noted that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo had used a similar theme as part of his video announcing his run for governor in 2010. went back and looked at the day he announced his campaign for governor in 2010 via a Vimeo video message.  It included a section entitled "Making New York Great Again".

About 18 minutes into the 21 minute video he spoke about his vision for New York saying, "We do it all and we have it all."

He went on to say, "We've done it before, we'll do it again."

Cuomo also said, "I know this is the time to be smart, not angry.  Positive not negative.  And unify, not divide."

Cuomo, who is considered a potential White House contender in 2020, made "never that great" remarks at a bill signing event in Manhattan. He said Trump wants to return to a period of greater sexism, racism and intolerance toward immigrants.

Cuomo, who is running for a third term this November said, "We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged."

The crowd at the event reacted with surprised gasps and laughter.

"America, with its imperfections, has always been great," said Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive who faces Cuomo in this year's election. "Mr. Cuomo owes the nation an apology. He should be ashamed of himself."

A spokeswoman for Cuomo later backtracked on the governor's comments in a statement.

"When the president speaks about making America great again — going back in time — he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women's contributions,"  Cuomo press secretary Dani Lever said.