On the same day that U.S. Rep. Kevin McCarthy reportedly elbowed fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Burchett in the kidney, a fistfight nearly broke out in the middle of a Senate hearing.
Teamster boss Sean O’Brien was testifying before the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee on Tuesday, and Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) read a tweet posted by O’Brien back in June before challenging him to a fight.
The tweet read: “Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self made. In reality, just a clown & fraud. Always has been, always will be. Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy.”
Well, Mullin — who responded to the tweet by accepting the challenge and proposing a mixed martial arts fight for charity — decided that very moment was as good a time as any and suggested they settle the dispute right there.
“You want to run your mouth? We can be two consenting adults, we can finish it here,” the Native American senator said to O’Brien.
A fight almost broke out in a Senate hearing.
Markwayne Mullin read a tweet from Teamster boss Sean O’Brien which challenged Mullin to a fight. Mullin said he was ready to settle things right here, right now.
Bernie Sanders shut the scene down. pic.twitter.com/U0X3YmWPwY
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 14, 2023
“OK, that’s fine, perfect,” O’Brien replied. “I’d love to do it right now.”
“Then stand your butt up then,” a very fit Mullin fired back while rising to his feet.
Committee chairman Bernie Sanders all but lost his socialism-loving mind.
“No, no, sit down! Sit down! You’re a United States senator!” the Vermont independent shouted, before adding, “This is a hearing. And God knows the American people have enough contempt for Congress, let’s not make it worse.”
Amy Kremer, co-founder of Women for Trump, tweeted: “Congress is wild this week!”
She wasn’t the only one to notice something “going on” as things got physical in the Capitol as alleged by Republican Tim Burchett and an NPR reporter.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) November 14, 2023
What is going on today?! Kevin McCarthy elbowing folks on the kidney and now this?!!
— Carolina Castillo (@CaroCastilloCC) November 14, 2023
Congress is wild this week!
Senator Mark Wayne Mullin stands up to fight head of the teamsters in a committee hearing
Congressman Kevin McCarthy elbows Congressman Tim Burchett in the back.
What is going on?
— Amy Kremer (@AmyKremer) November 14, 2023
Social media was certainly atwitter over the near-brouhaha, with many coming down on Mullin’s side… here’s a quick sampling of responses to the story from X:
Well at least everyone is fighting mad today
— Reneé James (@TheReneeJames) November 14, 2023
I have a new favorite Senator
— Gulfexplorer (@Gulfexplorer1) November 14, 2023
It’s Bernie’s hair that’s the star of this clip …. Wtffffff!!????
— C33ts (@CT954) November 14, 2023
Let em fight! Get this shit settled the old fashion way!
— Light Warrior (@TheGreatFagen) November 14, 2023
We need more Mullins and less Sanders in the government.
— Eric️ (@ThereWBBourbon) November 14, 2023
Good. Finally, a politician that’s willing to fight his own battles rather than sending thousands of our young citizens to do it for him.
— Dwayne Harris (@mrDwayneHarris) November 14, 2023
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