Governor Andrew Cuomo “drew gasps from the crowd” yesterday when he made a controversial remark in response to President Trump’s “Make America Great Again” slogan.

“We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great,” Cuomo said during a speech in New York. He went on to argue that only when Democrat priorities like women’s rights are realized will this dark, oppressive dystopia known as the U.S.A. ever become great.

The Democratic governor drew criticism from his Republican foes for the line as he discussed the need for stronger women’s rights during the speech in Manhattan, where he signed a bill to make sex trafficking in New York a felony.

Trump quoted Cuomo in all caps, and said the Democrat is “having a total meltdown!”

For Cuomo, the comment was part of his larger contention that Trump’s slogan, “Make America Great Again,” is aimed at moving the nation backward, not forward, when it comes to equal rights for all.

Cuomo said, New York is going to be the alternative state to Trump’s America.”

He ended the speech by saying, “We have not yet fully liberated the women in this country, and we will. And New York will lead the way. And watch New York rise.”

Cuomo, the son of former New York governor Mario Cuomo and older brother of CNN Anchor Chris Cuomo, is widely believed to be a contender for the Democratic nomination for the White House in 2020.