McAuliffe Doubles Down on Violent Trump Talk, Dodges on 2020 McAuliffe Doubles Down on Violent Trump Talk, Dodges on 2020 – NTK Network

McAuliffe Doubles Down on Violent Trump Talk, Dodges on 2020

The Virginia governor previously told MSNBC's Chris Matthews that he'd use physical violence if the president got too close to him.

By NTK Staff | 01.14.2018 @10:01am

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D-VA) stood by his comments to MSNBC’s Chris Matthews in an appearance on CNN on Sunday, saying he would get physical with President Trump if the president got too close to him during a presidential debate.

“You’d have to pick [Trump] up off the floor,” the former governor told Matthews, referring to Trump following his 2016 opponent, Hillary Clinton, around the stage during a debate. “If [Trump] ever came over and leaned on me, got in my space, that would be the last time Donald Trump ever did that, I promise you that.”

McAuliffe first blamed “the way Chris [Matthews] had set [the question] up,” but then doubled down on the comments. “I answered the question like most folks would actually answer the question.”

The governor made clear that he would use physical force: “I didn’t say punch. Maybe if I had to push him back gently and he fell down on his own.”

“People need to stand up and punch him back, punch him back rhetorically,” he said.

Asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if he would challenge Trump in 2020, McAuliffe only told the anchor what he would do in 2018. Beyond that, however, he left the door open.

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