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McAuliffe: If Trump got in my space 'you’d have to pick him up off the floor'

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe implied Thursday night that he would punch President Donald Trump if he got in the governor’s space, adding that it “would be the last time Donald Trump ever did that.”

“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,” McAuliffe said during an interview on MSNBC’s “Hardball.”

Host Chris Matthews asked the Virginia governor what he would do if the president tried to intimidated him and if “he came over and leaned over back of you.”

“You’d have to pick him up off the floor,” McAuliffe responded.

Matthews asked McAuliffe if he would “deck” Trump, to which the governor replied: “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 also ripped Trump’s comments during a private meeting on immigration with lawmakers in which the president referred to “shithole countries,” calling Trump an “embarrassment to our country.”

“I mean, he comes off looking like a lunatic saying things like this, disparaging individuals,” McAuliffe said. “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.”

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