This makes me want to vomit.
On Tuesday, Campus Reform uploaded a video in which digital media director Cabot Phillips asks people in New York City’s Washington Square Park if America was ever great.
Phillips’ question comes on the heels of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo’s recent remarks that America was “never that great,” which were subsequently walked back.
The responses from the individuals being interviewed are not all that surprising.
PHILLIPS: Governor Cuomo came out here in New York at an event, and said that the slogan, “Make America Great Again” is flawed because it implies that America was great at some point. So we’ve been asking people their take. Do you think American has ever been truly great?
“I don’t believe America has been great for all folks ever, even today.”
“I have to agree with Governor Cuomo.”
“The idea that there was this once great America is pointing toward this false sense of nationalism that, you know – what, [it’s] talking about white America? Yeah, it’s not great.”
“I think it has been great for straight white men for a very long time.”
Phillips followed up by asking: “Do you think that there is a time you can point to that America was great?”
A woman in a jean jacket paused, then laughingly replied: “I don’t know, honestly.” A man wearing a striped shirt took a lengthy pause before answering: “Hmm, that’s a good one.” Another man stated that America was “never really great,” but that “we do great things sometimes, like we fix a lot of problems.” He added: “But it’s never been just wholly great.”
The video continues along these lines, as more people are asked similar questions. Check it out below: