During an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Terry McAuliffe, the Democrat governor of Virginia, said he would knock President Trump to the floor if the president got in his personal space during a debate, prompting laughter from Chris Matthews.
According to the Washington Free Beacon:
Asked by MSNBC’s Chris Matthews what he would do if Trump tried to intimidate him as Hillary Clinton said he was trying to do during their 2016 town hall debate, McAuliffe said Trump would have to be picked up off the floor.
“What would you do in a debate with him if he tried that? If he came over and leaned over back of you, what would you do?” Matthews asked.
“You would have to pick him up off the floor,” McAuliffe said.
Matthews cracking up in laughter at that thought, followed up with McAuliffe.
“OK, you mean, you’d deck him?” Matthews asked.
“Listen, this guy got in my space, you want to get in my space, I’ve always said, Chris, you punch me back twice as hard, and it wouldn’t be hard to do it,” McAuliffe said in response. “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,” he added.
Matthews thanked McAuliffe for his “performance,” and said his comments would go viral.
“McAuliffe, who is about to leave office, has consistently given coy responses when asked if he’s running for president in 2020,” Charles Russell concluded.
Terry McAuliffe said on Hardball tonight that if Trump got in his space during a debate like he did with Hillary then you'd have to pick Trump up "off the floor" afterwards
— Peter J. Hasson (@peterjhasson) January 12, 2018
The Hill said that McAuliffe — whose term as governor ends this month — is “seriously” considering a 2020 presidential bid, citing “sources.”
Here’s video of his comments:
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