GOP Senator Challenges Teamster President To A Fist Fight During Hearing [Update]

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Hoo boy, it was a spicy day on CSPAN Tuesday, after a sitting senator challenged the president of the Teamsters to fisticuffs during a hearing on labor unions.

Update Wednesday November 15, 2023 11:10 a.m. EST - Sen. Markwayne Mullin spoke about the altercation on Sean Hannity’s show Tuesday evening.

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The exchange began when Sen. Markwayne Mullin, Okla., read a tweet that Teamsters President Sean O’Brien had posted in June.

“You want to run your mouth? We can be two consenting adults, we can finish it here,” Mullin said to O’Brien, who was testifying at a hearing on labor unions in America.

“OK, that’s fine, perfect,” O’Brien replied. “I’d love to do it right now.”

“Then stand your butt up then,” Mullin shot back.

“You stand your butt up,” O’Brien said.

Mullin, dressed in a white shirt and no jacket, then stood up and began to move toward O’Brien.

“No, no, sit down! Sit down! You’re a United States senator!” shouted Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent and chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee

Mullin and O’Brien continued to trash talk each other in the hearing room.

Has anyone really been ready to throw down while still using the word “butt?” I mean, come on. If you’re so blinded by rage that you’re taking off your jewelry to punch a guy during with a head like the Blarney Stone during a Senate hearing then you’re gonna take the extra step to swear.

Of course, the offending tweet O’Brien sent earlier this summer was not exactly gentlemanly either. But that’s why he’s president of the Teamsters, a group well known for their working-class lifestyle, and a Senator. And oh yeah, the tweet was from June. Good job not letting him live rent free in your head Sen. Mullin.

The two actually exchanged heated words all the way back in March, so we’re closing in on a year of two adult men, supposed leaders in their communities, acting like, well, this.

This is a breaking story and we will update more when more information becomes available.

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