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Andrew Cuomo Desperately Tries to Walk Back “America Was Never Great” Comments

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Liberal Democrats have a tough job.

They have to portray enough hatred for America to satisfy their more radical voters and stay within the realms of the media narrative, but not enough to turn off their more moderate base who probably like America, at least a little bit.

When Cuomo virtue signaled his rear off at a recent event on gender politics and said that America was “never that great”, he most likely thought the sentiment would fall on eager ears.

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His context was that until every woman in the nation got her butt out of the kitchen, stuck her kids in daycare, and entered the workforce (I might be paraphrasing), that America would never reach its full potential.

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It speaks quite a bit to the current zeitgeist of the left that Cuomo thought it was OK to say this. After all, “America was never great” is a favorite chant of far-left socialist and “anti”-fascist protesters, who the media has been galvanizing as brave heroes of Democracy (they’ll even cover up the physical assault of journalists at these protests if they have to.)

But it was met with some backlash, which, during an election year, Cuomo has had to scramble to respond to.

IJR Red reports:

When Cuomo spoke on Friday about his comments, he said he was “inartful.”

“The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear,” he said, according to The Democrat & Chronicle.

“Of course America is great and of course America has always been great. No one questions that,” he added.

He went on to describe how his immigrant ancestors showed evidence of America’s greatness.

“As you know, my family is evidence of American greatness. My grandparents came to this country as poor immigrants and their son became governor and his son became governor. That’s never been a question,” he said.

His office had already attempted to backtrack on his “America was never great” comments by saying that Cuomo did indeed believe America was great, but Trump:

Here, you can see, he is trying to walk the line between “America is already great” and “America was never great”, which any sensible person would observe are two opposing sentiments.

If you ever felt like the left was intellectually caving in on itself due to rampant cognitive dissonance, here’s a very good example.

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Apple Backs Down, Will Allow Parler Back on App Store

The news is seen as a major boost for the First Amendment.

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Oath Keeper Leader Claims Police are Training Militias for ‘Civil War’

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At the very end of the first term of Donald Trump’s presidency, we were as close to a civil war as this nation has come in over a dozen decades, and we may not fully appreciate that yet.  We are, perhaps, too close to the events themselves to fully understand just how narrowly we escaped a broader calamity, but we must try to remain vigilant still. Especially if what one of the leaders of the Oath Keepers says is true. The far-right paramilitary the Oath Keepers is home to active-duty law-enforcement officers who are training up other members to prepare for civil war, according to one of the group’s top figures. CBS News’ 60 Minutesprofiled the the increasingly notorious militia on Sunday night, and one of its leaders from Arizona, Jim Arroyo, spoke openly about the close involvement of police officers. “Our guys are very experienced,” said Arroyo. “We have active-duty law enforcement in our organization that are helping to train us. We can blend in with our law enforcement and in fact, in a lot of cases, our training is much more advanced because of our military backgrounds.” And the government seems to already be away of this. Arroyo’s statement was backed up by Javed Ali, an ex-National Security Council senior director and FBI counterterrorism official, who said the Oath Keepers are a “unique and challenging” threat to the U.S. because a “large percentage have tactical training and operational experience in either the military or law enforcement. That at least gives them a capability that a lot of other people in this far-right space don’t have.” Several members of the Oath Keepers were arrested during the January 6th Capitol riot, as they attempted to prevent the certification of the results of the 2020 election by Congress.

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