Possible 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe said he would beat up President Trump if he ever invaded his space during a debate.
During an interview, Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s Hardball asked McAuliffe how he’d respond if the President tried to intimidate him during a debate by hovering over him, as Trump famously did in a debate with McAuliffe’s friend, Hillary Clinton.
“You’d have to pick him up off the floor,” McAuliffe said.
— Hardball (@hardball) January 12, 2018
Sounds like a visit from the Secret Service to me! If a Republican Governor had said that about Obama, they would no longer be governor.
“Hardball” host Chris Matthews predicted his warning to Trump would “go viral.”
Here’s a transcript of the exchange:
MATTHEWS: “Back to Trump, what he does is he seems to have an ability to intimidate his opponents. He takes people who are levelheaded like Jeb Bush and makes them look weak. He says, ‘low-energy Jeb,’ and it works. He refers to somebody as ‘Little Marco’ because he’s not as tall as he is, he finds anybody’s weakness and turns it into something is that destroys his opponent. I know Hillary’s a friend of yours and she’s a strong person, but he did that thing of leaning over her, in that weird Godzilla way in a debate. What would you do in a debate with him if he tried that? What would you do?”
McAULIFFE: “You would have to pick him up off the floor.”
MATTHEWS: “Okay. Okay, you mean, you’d deck him?”
McAULIFFE: “Listen, this guy got in my space, 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. This guy thinks he can intimidate everybody. It’s disgraceful and embarrassing. But I tell you, when we take him on, back in his face with the facts, don’t take anything from him and hit him back as hard as you possibly can. But 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.”
MATTHEWS: “You sound like an Irish-American politician. Terry McAuliffe, thank you for coming on ‘Hardball’ tonight. What a performance. That will go down — that will go viral, sir, I can tell you.”
McAuliffe went on to say that voters “have had it with Trump” and that Republicans who stand by him “are going to pay a huge price at the polls”, predicting that Democrats will win back the House and Senate in November.
On Saturday, McAuliffe will be succeeded by his far more low-key Lieutenant Governor Ralph Northam, who called Trump a “narcissistic maniac” during Virginia’s primary but later said he would work with him.
Asked how Northam would respond to Trump hovering over him, his spokeswoman texted, “Probably laugh.”
The liberals have decided that violence is the new way of winning, as they cannot win at the debate stage.
Earlier in the year, Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) called a violent ANTIFA riot at Cal Berkeley “a beautiful sight.” Demings made the comment Thursday during a congressional hearing on Capitol Hill.
“We have seen demonstrations … around the country. Young people at Berkeley protesting against this unconstitutional order,” Demings said, though the Berkeley rioters were not specifically protesting Trump’s sanctuary city policies.
More famously, on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former Hillary running mate and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine said Democrats must “fight in Congress, fight in the courts, fight in the streets, fight online, fight at the ballot box,” against the administration of President Donald Trump.
Democratic National Committee deputy chairman Keith Ellison tweeted a smiling photo of himself holding a copy of “Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” a book that has been criticized as promoting left-wing violence.
— Rep. Keith Ellison (@keithellison) January 3, 2018
“Antifa: The Anti-Fascist Handbook,” written by historian Mark Bray, serves as a history of anti-fascism movements and guide to aspiring radicals.
Antifa came into prominence after President Trump’s election. Some Democrats have distanced themselves from the movement for initiating violence on college campuses and other counter-protests. In August, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi denounced the “violent actions of people calling themselves Antifa.”
But many remain in bed with the group, either supporting or refusing to mention the groups violence.
This is not your grandmother’s Democrat Party folks!
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