Violent rhetoric alert!

More from the Tampa Bay Times:

[Democratic Rep. Alcee] Hastings, a longtime congressman who represents a heavily Democratic district in Broward and Palm Beach Counties, relayed a joke he learned from former state representative Barry Silver’s son.

“Do you know the difference between a crisis and a catastrophe?” Hastings said, quoting Silver’s son. “A crisis is if Donald Trump falls into the Potomac River and can’t swim… and a catastrophe is if anybody saves his ass.”

Hastings was speaking at the “Stronger Together” rally in Sunrise, which included Sen. Bill Nelson and four of the five leading Democratic candidates for governor. By the time Hastings made the joke, Nelson and the gubernatorial candidates had left, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel, which first reported Hastings’ comments.

According to the Times, Hastings’ office hasn’t commented on the matter yet. Color us shocked.