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When a 'red-white-and-blue wave' gets mangled as 'anti-American'

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has a way of making his role as a top anti-Trump voice in blue-state New York look more difficult than it needs to be.

On Tuesday, the Twitter account of his re-election campaign posted a clip of the governor standing before a cheering group to hail the coming, not of a "blue wave," but a "red-white-and-blue wave" at the polls.

Trouble arrived in the windup when Cuomo declared: "This is an anti-American wave that wants their country back!"

Wait. Hadn't he just spoken in favor of "taking back" the country? Didn't he express support for an all-American wave?

Minutes after this question was raised, the video clip vanished from the @andrewcuomo account.

Given the context, the governor clearly meant to say the opposite of what he said.

Casting Trump as a national symbol of misrule gives Cuomo and his party an obvious theme in statewide contests, congressional races and legislative contests.

Indeed, one of Cuomo's regular lines on the stump has been: "Any politician who puts children in cages and rips babies out of the arms of mothers is un-American and a coward."

For his part, Trump has been mocking predictions of a "blue wave."

Seven weeks ago, Cuomo made a related gaffe as he went off on President Donald Trump's "Make America Great Again" slogan.

"We're not going to make America great again. It was never that great," the governor said at a bill-signing ceremony.

Razzing from foes ensued. Trump tweeted: "Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!"  Cuomo's Republican opponent, Marc Molinaro, added, "He should be ashamed of himself" and "owes the nation an apology." 

Pulling cleanup duty, Cuomo spokeswoman Dani Lever said that day: "The governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness."

First Cuomo may wish to achieve maximum clarity.

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