Fox News contributor Marie Harf struggled Tuesday to say whether America was ever great and questioned if President Donald Trump meant it was great “when [she] couldn’t vote.”
The comments came during a panel discussion on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom” over New York Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo’s comment last week when he said that America “was never that great” and whether it was a career-ending move.
“It was never that great,” Cuomo said at the time — a direct comment on the president’s “MAGA” slogan. “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 is making her full contribution.”
“This is not — I’ve been a New York reporter for decades, and I covered his father. This is about Mario Cuomo not helping President Trump when he was the developer on the Riverside yards getting the mortgage when Andrew Cuomo was the head of HUD,” Fox News Eric Shawn shared. “They didn’t back him and so, therefore, he had trouble with building the Riverside. That’s what I think.”
“There is a lot of family history here. But look, Cuomo clearly flubbed what he was trying to do,” Marie Harf responded. “But I keep asking President Trump supporters, when is he referring to when America was great? When I couldn’t vote? When I couldn’t get a credit card without my husband?”
“Whoa,” Fox News Sandra Smith interjected.
“Well, no. But like, what time period?” Harf explained.
“You can’t remember when America was great,” Smith asked.
“No, no … I believe America is an exceptional country,” Harf said. “No, no … but when is President Trump referring to? When a bunch of the country felt disenfranchised? So, I don’t blame Cuomo for trying to turn the slogan around. He just didn’t do it the right way.”