Don Jr. Slams Democrat Who Threatened Him With Serious Altercation
Donald Trump Jr. is asking a Democratic congressman to apologize to him for threatening him with a “serious altercation” on Friday following the presidential son’s remarks about the coronavirus.
Rep. John Garamendi (D-Calif.) made the apparent threat after Trump Jr. stated that “Democrats are taking a pandemic seemingly hoping, and I quote, ‘it comes here to kill millions of people so it can end the president’s winning.’”
“He should not be near me when he says that,” Garamendi said in an interview with MSNBC host Hallie Jackson. “There would be a serious altercation. That is just totally outrageous.”
“I can assure you that there is not a Democrat or Republican in Congress that wants anybody to be sick,” the lawmaker added. “Don Jr. better not get any place close to me. It would not be a healthy situation.”
Trump Jr.’s remarks came in response to a New York Times op-ed which called on readers to refer to the coronavirus as “Trumpvirus.”
On Friday, Trump Jr.’s spokesman, Andrew Surabian, issued a statement calling on Garamendi to apologize for his threatening comments.
“The outrageous remarks from Congressman Garamendi were beyond the pale and should be universally condemned by Republicans and Democrats alike,” the statement read.
Surabian also criticized Jackson for not condemning Garamendi when he made the apparent threat.
“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,” it continued.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel also denounced Garamendi and called on House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other Democrats to do the same.
In response to Surabian’s statement, Garamendi denied making a “threat of physical violence.” The lawmaker said that Trump Jr. will be welcome to visit his office to discuss his comments about the coronavirus.
“My sole focus is on the health and safety of my constituents and all Americans. Donald Trump Jr. made the outrageous statement that Democrats want people to die for political purposes. If he wants to come to my office to explain his comments, my door is open. There is no threat of physical violence—but he can expect a strong verbal altercation,” Garamendi said in a statement to Fox News.
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump criticized House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of New York over disagreements about funding for the prevention of the coronavirus outbreak.
“She wants to do the same thing with cryin’ Chuck Schumer. He goes out and he says the president only asked for $2.5 billion, he should have $8.5 billion. This is the first time I’ve ever been told that we should take more. Usually, it’s we have to take less,” the president said during a press conference.
The Democrats have opposed a White House proposal to transfer $535 million from an Ebola preparedness account to fund the efforts against the coronavirus. The Trump administration has already requested $1.25 billion in new funding, but it is expecting to shift more funding from other agencies.
Trump appointed Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday to lead the response to the outbreak. At least 60 cases have been reported in the U.S., including 45 people who were repatriated from China and Japan.
“While the risk to the American public remains low, as the president said yesterday we’re ready. We’re ready for anything,” Mr. Pence assured people attending CPAC.