Donald Trump has been the target of numerous threats from civilians and celebrities alike since he began his pursuit of the presidency years ago. Now, one high-ranking politician has threatened violence on the president — but the hostile public servant won’t be serving the people much longer.
Democrat and Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe told Chris Matthews of MSNBC on Thursday that if the president “got in [his] space,” then “you’d have to pick him up off the floor.”
McAuliffe’s comments come as he prepares to step down from the role of governor of the Commonwealth at the end of his term on Saturday. Fellow Democrat Ralph Northam will take his place.
McAuliffe’s threat to the president came as part of strange conversation on Matthews’ evening show Hardball, during which Matthews asked the governor if he would “deck” Trump.
“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,” McAuliffe said. “I promise you that.”
The governor added:
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 went on to criticize the president for his Thursday remarks in which he reportedly called developing nations like Haiti and El Salvador “s***hole countries.”
“I mean, he comes off looking like a lunatic saying things like this, disparaging individuals,” McAuliffe told Matthews. “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.”
McAuliffe concluded his interview by maintaining that Trump is an “embarrassment to our country” and “is hurting everyone’s ability to grow jobs and do what we need to do to be successful.”
While Trump has not yet responded to McAuliffe’s threats, the president has since denied using vulgar language to describe Haiti and other nations.
Never said anything derogatory about Haitians other than Haiti is, obviously, a very poor and troubled country. Never said “take them out.” Made up by Dems. I have a wonderful relationship with Haitians. Probably should record future meetings – unfortunately, no trust!
There has been no word on whether McAuliffe will be visited by the Secret Service over his threats, but the soon-to-be-former governor may get his chance to take Trump on.
McAuliffe is reportedly a prime contender to earn the nomination for Democratic presidential candidate in 2020.