On MSNBC Thursday night, outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe talked tough about President Trump. He fantasized, with Chris Matthews, about punching the commander-in-chief.
McAuliffe, on “Hardball,” said if Trump ever got into his personal space, “You would have to pick him up off the floor. That would be the last time Donald Trump ever did that.”
The talk turned dark after Matthews said Trump could “take people who are level-headed, like Jeb Bush, and makes them look weak.” He went on to ask McAuliffe what he would do if Trump attempted to invade his personal space, similar to the way he famously hovered over Hillary Clinton during a presidential debate.
Matthews, letting out a smiling gasp before finally getting himself together, said, “You mean you’d deck him.”
In 2016, Trump was criticized by the left for standing directly behind Clinton during a town hall-style debate.
McAuliffe has worked closely with the Clintons. He served as co-chairman of Bill Clinton’s 1996 re-election campaign, as well as Hillary’s 2008 campaign. He says he would have reacted differently than his friend did.
McAuliffe said, “Listen, if this guy got in my space, you wanna get in my space, I’ve always said Chris, you punch me, I’m going to punch back twice as hard. And it wouldn’t be hard to do it, but you know, this guy thinks he could intimidate everybody. It’s disgraceful. It’s embarrassing.”
He then reiterated his threat, “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.”
In response, Matthews said that he “sounds like an Irish-American politician” and complimented him on his “performance” on the program.
McAuliffe may eventually get his chance to confront Trump, as his name has been mentioned as a potential 2020 Democratic candidate.
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