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Watch A GOP Senator Act Like A Child & Get School Like A Child By Bernie Sanders

Watch This GOP Senator Act Like A Child & Get Schooled Like A Child By Sen. Bernie Sanders

Watch This GOP Senator Act Like A Child & Get Schooled Like A Child By Sen. Bernie Sanders
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Sen. Markwayne Mullin made a fool of himself trying to start an actual physical fight during a hearing over a mean tweet.


This is just embarrassing. Far-right U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin got his fee-fees hurt over a tweet by Teamsters union leader Sean O’Brien and wanted to fight — like literally fight — during a hearing this week.

Mullin of Oklahoma challenged Teamsters union leader O’Brien to a physical fight during a Senate hearing Tuesday, and the two might have exchanged blows had Sen. Bernie Sanders not intervened.

The dustup happened during a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The topic was how unions have helped workers economically and can continue doing so. But Mullin, a Republican who’s a former mixed martial arts fighter, took the opportunity to call out O’Brien, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, on tweets O’Brien had posted after a previous hearing.

Mullin, who owns a plumbing company, read aloud one of O’Brien’s tweets about him: “Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self-made. In reality, just a clown and 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.”

Mullin then said, “Sir, this is a time, this is a place. You want to run your mouth, we can be two consenting adults, we can finish it here.”

“OK, that’s fine. Perfect,” O’Brien said.

“You want to do it now?” Mullin asked. “Stand your butt up, then.”

“You stand your butt up,” O’Brien responded, and Mullin did stand up as if he were going to fight the union leader. Then Sanders, the committee chair, spoke up.

“Hold it. No, no, no, sit down. Sit down! You’re a United States senator, sit down,” said Sanders, a Vermont independent who caucuses with the Democrats, while banging his gavel.

'Stand your butt up': GOP Sen. Mullin challenges Teamsters boss to fight at Senate

Mullin and O’Brien traded more insults, calling each other a “thug,” and Mullin suggested a cage match while Sanders sought to restore order.

“Excuse me, hold it,” Sanders said. “Sen. Mullin, I have the mike. If you have questions on any economic issues, anything that was said, go for it. We’re not here to talk about physical abuse.”

After the hearing, both Mullin and O’Brien stood their ground. “He called me out. … He said anytime, anyplace,” Mullin said, according to The Hill. “You don’t call me out and say ‘anytime, anyplace,’ and then not back it up what you said.”

Asked about standards of behavior for senators, Mullin said, “I’m still a guy. He called me. He said it. I just answered the bell. That was all.”

O’Brien said the two should discuss their differences over coffee.

Mullin is a first-term senator who previously served five terms in the U.S. House. He is deeply conservative, and as such is an opponent of LGBTQ+ rights. He received a score of 30 on the Human Rights Campaign’s Congressional Scorecard during his first term and all zeroes in his subsequent terms. In 2020, as a House member, he sponsored legislation that would have barred transgender students from playing on the school sports teams matching their gender identity. It went nowhere.

Among his recent actions, he and another Republican senator, Bill Cassidy of Louisiana, sent a letter to the National Association for the Education of Young Children denouncing the group for “promoting the teaching of controversial, far-left ideology on topics like race and gender to children as young as two years old.”

Sanders, for his part, tweeted thanks to the union leaders who appeared at the hearing today — O’Brien, United Auto Workers International President Shawn Fain, and Association of Flight Attendants President Sara Nelson.

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