Outgoing Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe had tough words for President Trump, saying he would get physical with the commander-in-chief should he ever get in his "space."
“You would have to pick him up off the floor,” McAuliffe told MSNBC's Chris Matthews on "Hardball" Thursday when asked how he would handle Trump's intimidation tactics.
Matthews laughed before clarifying McAuliffe's comments, asking “You mean you’d deck him?”
“Listen, if this guy got in my space, you wanna get in my space, I’ve always said Chris, you punch me, I’m going to punch back twice as hard. And it wouldn’t be hard to do it. But you know, this guy thinks he can intimidate everybody. It’s disgraceful. It’s embarrassing,” McAuliffe said.
“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,” he added.
McAuliffe has been a vocal opponent of Trump, challenging his immigration executive order through Virginia's Attorney General Mark Herring in Aziz v. Trump.
He was previously Democratic National Committee chairman from 2001 to 2005, and served as chairman on Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton's 1996 and 2008 presidential campaigns respectively.
McAuliffe is due to be replaced by Democratic Virginia Governor-elect Ralph Northam on Jan. 13.