Jeffries: When Trump ‘Crosses the Line, I’m Going to Meet Fire With Fire’

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On Monday’s broadcast of “CNN Newsroom,” Representative Hakeem Jeffries (D-NY) defended a tweet where he stated President Trump is a “sick guy” and said that when the president goes over the line, “I’m going to meet fire with fire.” Jeffries said, “Well, that was in response to the comments that he made in front of a whole bunch of law enforcement folks in Long Island encouraging police officers, essentially to engage in police brutality and roughing up suspects.” He added, “Everyone understood what he was suggesting, and that’s consistent with the inciteful language that he used during his presidency and all throughout.” After he was pressed on whether it’s helpful to use language that is similar to the language he criticizes Trump for, Jeffries stated, “I think we have to call it like we see it. That’s what we do in Brooklyn to some degree. And when he crosses the line, I’m going to meet fire with fire. But, by the same token, as Democrats in Washington, we’re focused on advancing a better deal economic agenda to improve the prospects of the American people.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett