Democratic Rep. John Garamendi of California on Friday threatened a “serious altercation” with Donald Trump Jr. after the president’s eldest son falsely claimed that Democrats “seemingly hope” that the coronavirus comes to the U.S. “and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump’s streak of winning.”
“He should not be near me when he says that,” Garamendi warned during an interview with MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson.
“Why not?” Jackson asked the congressman.
“There would be a serious altercation,” Garamendi replied. “That is just totally outrageous. I can assure you that there’s not a Democrat or Republican in Congress that wants anybody to be sick.”
“Don Jr. better not get close to me,” he added. “It would not be a healthy situation.”
“He should not be near me when he says that, there would be a serious altercation” pic.twitter.com/6vyYXN6VOh
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) February 28, 2020
Earlier Friday, Trump Jr. accused Democrats of politicizing the spread of the coronavirus.
“Anything that they can use to try to hurt Trump, they will,” Trump Jr. said. “But for them to try to take a pandemic and seemingly hope that it comes here and kills millions of people so that they could end Donald Trump’s streak of winning is a new level of sickness.”
Don. Jr was just on Fox & Friends accusing Democrats of hoping coronavirus "comes here and kills millions of people so that they can end Donald Trump's streak of winning."
Absolutely insane. pic.twitter.com/Fq5eAUIsnq
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) February 28, 2020
A spokesperson for Trump Jr. later criticized both Garamendi and MSNBC’s Jackson and said the lawmaker should apologize for his comments. The spokesperson did not offer an apology for Trump Jr.’s own lies.
“The outrageous remarks from Congressman Garamendi were beyond the pale and should be universally condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike,” said Andy Surabian.
“Almost as outrageous as the Congressman’s comments was the lack of pushback or condemnation from MSNBC host Hallie Jackson,” he added, calling her “silence about political violence aimed towards a member of the first family…truly deafening.”
“By threatening Don Jr. with physical violence on national TV, Congressman Garamendi made clear to everyone watching that he is better suited to represent Antifa than the people of California’s 3rd Congressional district. He should apologize immediately,” Surabian said.