Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips spoke with some millennials who agreed with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's controversial statement that America "was never that great."

Cuomo -- a Democrat and rumored 2020 presidential candidate -- made the seemingly offhand remark as part of his rebuke of President Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan during a bill-signing event in New York last week.

“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said, drawing some gasps and chuckles.

Cuomo quickly tried to walk back the comment, but there has been a severe backlash.

Phillips visited Washington Square Park in New York City to ask young Americans if the country has ever been truly great, and the majority unabashedly sided with Cuomo.


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“I don’t believe America has been great for all folks, ever. Even today,” one respondent said, while another said, “I would have to agree with Governor Cuomo.”

“The idea that there was this once great America is pointing towards this false sense of nationalism. ... What, it’s talking about white America? Yeah, it’s not great," one millennial said.

On "Fox & Friends" on Wednesday, Phillips said these responses shouldn't be that shocking, because many millennials believe it's "highbrow" or "intellectual" to say American is nothing to be proud of.

He said this is, in part, a result of "American exceptionalism" not being taught in classrooms.

"And also, I think a lot of this stems from people's hatred of President Trump," Phillips said. "There's a misconception that in order to be patriotic ... you have to support everything your country's doing, and that pressure is sad."



Ainsley Earhardt said it's troubling to see that many young people don't believe America is great, and she wondered if parents are not teaching their children about all the good America has done and how people in so many other countries are suffering.

"How can they say that? They're in New York City. It's so great. It's so great to be here in America," she said. "It baffles me that people live here and they don't think it's great."

Watch the "Fox & Friends" segments above, and see the Campus Reform video below.


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