Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe implied Thursday night that he would punch President Donald Trump when MSNBC’s Chris Matthews asked the governor how he would respond if the president encroached on his personal space.
“If he ever came over and leaned on me and got in my space, that would be the last time Donald Trump ever did that. I promise you that,” McAuliffe said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
Matthews asked McAuliffe how he would react if Trump “came over and leaned over back of you,” as he did to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during a 2016 presidential debate.
“You’d have to pick him up off the floor,” McAuliffe responded.
McAuliffe, a consummate Trump critic, added a touch of bravado, suggesting that Trump’s intimidation tactics would be ineffective in the face of his fighting spirit.
“You want to get in my space, I’ve always said, Chris, you punch me, I’m going to punch you back twice as hard. And it wouldn’t be hard to do it, but you know, this guy thinks he can intimidate everybody,” McAuliffe said.
The outgoing governor then derided Trump’s characterization of African nations as “shithole countries,” calling the president an “embarrassment to our country.”
“I mean, he comes off looking like a lunatic saying things like this, disparaging individuals,” McAuliffe said. “You know, we need to bring this country together. We need to work together. He just doesn’t have an ability to be able to do it. He is hurting everyone’s ability to grow jobs and do what we need to do to be successful.”
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