From the Morning Memo:

The tweet from President Donald Trump came at around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, hours after Gov. Andrew Cuomo ridiculed the “Make America Great” slogan by suggesting America “was never that great.”

“Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

It was followed up about 20 minutes later with a tweet from Cuomo.

“What you say would be ‘great again’ would not be great at all…We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK,” Cuomo’s account posted.

“Like NY’s motto says: Excelsior — Ever Upward (not backward)”

The firestorm was a coda to an unusual day in which Cuomo also walked back the initial statement, made at a bill signing ceremony in New York City. There, Cuomo riffed extensively about Trump and his statements about women, including Rep. Maxine Waters, Omarosa Manigault Newman and Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

The fateful line about America was wrapped up in a call for ending discrimination against women.

And now it’s escalated into a very public feud with Trump after Cuomo has for the last several months escalated his criticism of the president.

Cuomo has wanted to be seen as taking on Trump and his policies in New York: His campaign ads ahead of the Sept. 13 Democratic primary against Cynthia Nixon frequently mention he’s doing just that.

But this firestorm is probably one Cuomo would have wanted to avoid even as he’s trying to stoke a fight with a president who is deeply unpopular with Democrats in New York; a line that just didn’t land the way it intended.

“I think this is just another example of Andrew Cuomo trying to figure out what a progressive sounds like and missing by a mile,” Nixon said.

Republicans down ballot meanwhile have also sought to turn the remark against their Democratic opponents.

Rep. Claudia Tenney in a statement called on Democrat Anthony Brindisi to condemn the statement.

“While Brindisi stands by silently as his mentor mocks our great country, Claudia Tenney is proud of the brave men and women who serve our country, the entrepreneurs, small business owners and farmers, and the tireless work ethic, generosity and faith of the American people that has made our country the greatest nation the world has ever known,” Tenney’s campaign manager Raychel Renna said.

Brindisi’s campaign has also tied Tenney to a Republican with problems of his own, Rep. Chris Collins, who faces insider trading charges and is not seeking re-election. Brindisi’s campaign has called on Tenney to return donations from Collins.

As to Cuomo’s statement, Brindisi said: “The governor is wrong, America is great.”