August 17, 2018 Press Release


After making his whole campaign about standing up to Trump, Cuomo finally gets the opportunity – and immediately backtracks after being insulted by the President

Convictions and principles aren’t exactly his thing (but reading internal polls is!)

NEW YORK – In response to Andrew Cuomo’s complete reversal today after being attacked by Donald Trump, Cynthia Nixon’s campaign today released the following statement.

“Instead of being a leader who stands up to Donald Trump, Andrew Cuomo backed down after a few insults from him today, and folded like a cheap suit. It turns out Andrew Cuomo’s tough talk was just that,” Cynthia Senior Advisor Rebecca Katz said today. “As governor, Cynthia Nixon will stand up to Trump, and stand by her progressive convictions, regardless of what this horrible president or the polls might say. New York needs that principled toughness now more than ever.”

On Wednesday, Cuomo said in a speech, “We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great.” Over the last two days, President Trump has attacked the governor repeatedly for the comment, including in tweets.

Today, as Trump and Republicans continued to attack him, Cuomo issued the following reversal: “The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great.”

In so doing, Cuomo showed he will ditch his convictions if the President attacks him (or his internal polling shows they have damaged him). By contrast, when Vice President Mike Pence attacked Cynthia for her position on abolishing ICE, Cynthia held firm and steadfast, despite criticism from the White House.