Donald Trump didn’t win the presidential election, Democrats lost by not paying enough attention to a fearful middle class, Gov. Andrew Cuomo told an audience at his 59th birthday bash Tuesday night which doubled as a fundraiser for his reelection.
In remarks about the long presidential campaign, the Democratic governor claimed that the race gave voice to a “frightening” amount of fear, anger and hate.
“There is a lesson in what happened in the election, and I believe when you [lose] you should at least learn the lesson of what happened,” he said. “… I don’t believe that Trump won. I believe that we lost that election.”
He said New York state now must stand up against a “tide of negativity” and confront discrimination and intolerance.
“If you want to make America strong again then remember what made America strong in the first place,” he said. “It’s tolerance. It’s brotherhood. It’s acceptance. It’s community. That is the way forward.”
Cuomo has been mentioned as a possible White House contender in 2020 but has said he is focused on winning a third term in 2018.