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GOP candidate threatens to "stomp all over" opponent Tom Wolf's face

Scott Wagner
Scott Wager. Photo via Facebook

The Republican candidate for Pennsylvania governor, Scott Wagner, released a video on Facebook Live Friday metaphorically threatening to attack Governor Tom Wolf as part of a larger message that the state's voters should help him drive Wolf out of office on election day.

"You better put a catcher's mask on your face because I'm going to stomp all over your face with golf spikes because I'm going to win this for the state of Pennsylvania."
— Scott Wagner on Tom Wolf.

The big picture: Wagner's comments are the latest to draw attention to a larger partisan debate about civility in politics. Earlier this week, Hillary Clinton drew criticism for saying Democrats "cannot be civil with a political party that wants to destroy what you stand for." White House counselor Kellyanne Conway quickly pushed back with her own biting rhetoric. Former Attorney General Eric Holder also told Democrats this week to flip former First Lady Michelle Obama's mantra on civility, instead advocating, "When they go low, we kick them."