Fireworks launched during a Tuesday Senate hearing when Oklahoma Senator Markwayne Mullin accepted a challenge from a Teamsters leader to fight. Poor Bernie Sanders, who was chairing the hearing, was forced to play peacemaker.
The verbal altercation quickly intensified.
The Daily Caller reports:
Mullin and Teamsters Union boss Sean O’Brien had a heated exchange during the hearing held by the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, with the Oklahoma senator getting up from his chair before Independent Sen. Bernard Sanders of Vermont restored order. Mullin is a former professional mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter who went undefeated, according to his official Senate web page, reportedThe Daily Caller.
“What went through my mind was ‘You’re one of 100 of the most powerful people in the country and you’re acting like a 12-year-old in a schoolyard because you didn’t get your way,’” O’Brien told Tapper. “I mean, look, he actually has the ability, and he’s one of the elite, to actually effectuate change in this country, and he’s focused on being a bully.”
“Ok. But can I say, you’re tweeting like a 12-year-old?” Tapper responded.
This wasn’t the first time that O’brien and Mullin have nearly come to blows. After the Teamster boss attacked the Oklahoma senator and challenged him to a fight, Mullin, happily accepted.
Media outlets laughed at the Teamser’s “tough guy act.” Outkickwrote, “Does Sean O’Brien think he’s a 1970s or 1980s gangster movie? Who the hell says, “Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy,” and isn’t kidding?
The Teamsters boss might need to stop watching ‘Casino’ and ‘Goodfellas’ and take a deep breath.
I’m not an oddsmaker, but if this charity fight happens, it seems like it would likely be over before O’Brien even realized what hit him.”
Like most bullies, O’Brien cowardly backed down after running his mouth after his initial challenge was accepted before bringing his tough guy act again to DC and hiding from Mullin behind an octogenarian senator.