I will do my level best to step on your throat. I will hit you, over and over. I will rip your face off, if you give me half a chance.
Just words, of course; you know, the playful, aggressive, trash-talking banter of politics. If you can't take some idle threats and tough words, the you clearly don't belong in politics.
Survival of the fittest, etc. War room politics, get in early, keep 'em down and keep 'em scared.
All's fair in war and politics, right?