In his first press conference following a decisive primary win, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-NY, seemed to tell his doubters I told you so.

The governor said suggestions that he was not a progressive or that his challenger Cynthia Nixon was pulling the administration to the left were incorrect. As he did throughout the campaign, he pointed to his administration’s record on issues like the $15 minimum wage, paid family leave, and marriage equality.

“You don’t understand what it means to be a progressive if you think it is a theoretical exercise,” Cuomo said. “There’s no such thing as a theoretical progressive in the Democratic party. You cannot be a progressive without the word progress.”

The governor said “smart” New Yorkers saw through people on the Twitterverse and members of the media who suggested Nixon, an actress and first time candidate for office could beat him. He said part of that narrative came from a misinterpretation of the congressional primary election results in June, specifically the surprise victory of upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez after long-time incumbent Joe Crowley in NY-14.

“How do you explain me winning that district by 36 percent?” Cuomo asked. “I’m not a socialist. I’m not 25 years old. I know I may look it. I’m not a newcomer.”

The governor said, in calling the congressional primary results a “fluke,” he was not making a commentary on Ocasio-Cortez or any other winners, however he said the turnout was especially low because they were the only races on that day. Turnout was not a problem for Democrats on Thursday.

“I think I received more votes in the Democratic primary than any governor in history and it was all across the state,” he said. “It was all age groups. It was all demographics so I think it was a very loud and clear and powerful statement.”

Cuomo said he expects the same kind of historically strong turnout to carry over to the general election. He said the opposition to Donald Trump is the unifying force for Democrats and believes that will cross over to members of other parties who also have to deal with higher taxes, for instance, as a result of the president’s administration.

Meanwhile, the governor suggested the primary losses for six former Independent Democratic Conference senators was the result of labor unions that got involved in individual races. Cuomo said he chose not to make endorsements in state Senate races, rather announcing his support for all Democrats.

He rejected the idea that the loss of those senators, which he recently helped reunited with the rest of the party, will hold back his agenda should he win the general election. He said for now nothing has changed because Republicans still have control, but he plans to make a concerted effort to help Democrats win contested seats in November.