A Senate committee hearing almost turned into an MMA match.
The most recent hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee was the first time that Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Teamsters President Sean O'Brien have been face-to-face since O’Brien told the media he would fight the Senator “any time” or “any place.”
Mullin offered to take him up on that offer during the hearing, at which point Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), the chair of the committee, just about lost his mind.
Just Like Old Times
Fights on the floor, while not commonplace, are not unprecedented.
One of the most infamous fights was when Rep. Preston Brooks entered the Senate Chamber and beat Senator Charles Sumner with a cane.
Sumner had to be carried out of the chamber, while Brooks faced a censure, then resigned, and was then re-elected.
Representatives Jonathan Cilley and William Graves had a duel, which lasted three rounds because neither was particularly skillful with a firearm. Graves eventually hit Cilley in the third round killing him.
This fight, however, was between a witness and a Senator, with Mullin, a former MMA fighter, asking O’Brien, “You want to do it now?”
O’Brien responded, "I would love to do it right now.”
After a little more back and forth, Sanders eventually told them both to sit down and knock it off.
Looking at O’Brien, my money is on Mullin, who was 3-0 in a brief career in the Xtreme Fighting League, winning two fights by submission and one by TKO.
Of course, the trolls on the left have already started attacking Mullin, showing him on the floor behind chairs during the January 6 riot and using a step stool during a debate because he was much shorter than his opponent.
Regardless, I am still going to stick with Mullin over O’Brien if these two ever come to blows.