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You would have to pick him up off the floor': Dem governor talks tough toward Trump

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe, a Democratic governor, said on "Hardball" that he would literally knock the president to the ground during a live television debate for standing too closely to him. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

On a day when the political world was beside itself over President Donald Trump’s alleged vulgar comments about Haiti and African nations, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had some inflammatory comments of his own.

The Democrat was speaking with Chris Matthews on MSNBC’s “Hardball” on Thursday night when Matthews asked about Trump’s demeanor during a debate with Hillary Clinton.

“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 during the debate. What would you do in a debate with him if he tried that?” Matthews asked.

McAuliffe’s answer? “You would have to pick him up off the floor.”

“Listen,” McAuliffe continued, “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. This guy thinks he can intimidate everybody. It’s disgraceful, it’s 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.”

To recap, that’s a Democratic governor and potential 2020 presidential hopeful saying he would literally knock the president of the United States to the ground, during a debate, on live television — for standing too closely to him.

It appears McAuliffe wants to end his term with a bang; the recently elected Ralph Northam should be sworn in this week.

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