During a Senate Committee, GOP Sen. Mullin asks a union boss if they want to settle their differences physically.
Sen. Mullin brings up a string of Tweets where union boss Sean O’Brien harrassed Mullin.
Both parties agreed to fight, but Sen. Bernie Sanders broke up the fight before anything happened and told them men to act civilized.
Watch the altercation here:
JUST IN: Senate hearing goes off the rails, Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin STANDS UP AND TRIES TO FIGHT labor leader Sean O'Brien.
O'Brien claimed he would take him "any time, any place."
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) November 14, 2023
Fox News has more on the story:
A Senate committee hearing appeared to be on the brink of a physical altercation on Tuesday as a Republican senator stood up and threatened to fight a labor leader as the committee’s chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders, tried to play peacemaker.
“Sir, this is a time, this is a place. You want to run your mouth, we can be two consenting adults and we can finish it here,” GOP Sen. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma told Teamsters President Sean O’Brien during a Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing after reading a tweet in which O’Brien said he could take the senator “any time” or “any place.”
“OK, that’s fine, perfect,” O’Brien responded.
“You want to do it now?” Mullin asked.
“I would love to do it right now,” O’Brien said, prompting Mullin to say, “Well, stand your butt up then.”
“You stand your butt up, big guy,” O’Brien said.
Mullin, a former MMA fighter, stood up from his chair and seemed set on making his way over to where the Teamsters president was sitting.
I wish our elected officials would duel like they used to.
I think things would become a bit more peaceful.
Here are some backups of the video:
🚨 Teamster President Sean O’Broen challenged Senator Markwayne Mullin to a fight during a hearing in the Senate. Bernie Sanders stepped in to stop it 🤣
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 14, 2023
Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) just tried to fight a witness at a hearing. pic.twitter.com/MeVv61AsWs
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) November 14, 2023
The Hill has more here:
At that point, Sanders tried to take control of the hearing to stop an impromptu cage match from breaking out.
“Hold it. No, no, no, sit down. Sit down! You’re a United State senator, sit down,” Sanders yelled while banging the gavel to restore order in the room.
“This is a hearing. God knows the American people have enough contempt for Congress, let’s not —” Sanders fumed before being cut off by more bellicose cross-talk between Mullin and O’Brien.
Mullin then tried to challenge the Teamsters official to a real cage match with the proceeds going to charity, but Sanders gabbed the mic to interrupt his Republican colleague.
“Excuse me, hold it. Sen. Mullin, I have the mic. If you have questions on any economic issues, anything that was said, go for it. We’re not here to talk about physical abuse,” Sanders said.