July 22, 2024

Okay, wow. 

It has been quite the day on Capitol Hill for Republicans, what with the alleged “shoving/elbowing” incident between former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Rep. Tim Burchett (R.-Tenn.) as well as Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) calling Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) a “p***y” after he criticized how she put forth the impeachment resolution against DHS Sec. Alejandro Mayorkas.


There was also the Senate hearing where Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) read aloud tweets from a hearing witness International Brotherhood of Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien, who basically called Mullin a fake “tough guy” cowboy and who also challenged him to a fight “anywhere, anytime.”

As we previously reported, Mullin proceeded to invite O’Brien, with whom he has verbally sparred in the past, to back up his words with action right then and there, and moments later stood up himself as though preparing to square off. 

For those who missed it, watch:

Later in the hearing, Mullin did challenge O’Brien once more to a charity MMA fight, which O’Brien again didn’t accept, laughably saying what he meant by “anywhere, anytime” was to sit down and talk over coffee.


While I think most people would agree that there shouldn’t be physical fights between elected officials and hearing witnesses, I don’t think it’s something deserving of the pearl-clutching it is getting, either. After all, take away the title and you have human beings who are naturally going to have visceral reactions to keyboard warriors who repeatedly try to write checks with their mouths that their patooties can’t cash.

Mullin, a former MMA fighter who also challenged O’Brien to a charity MMA fight earlier this year, said as much when asked about the incident afterward:

1) GOP OK Sen Mullin to Fox News Radio about challenging a Teamster ldr to a fistfight in a hearing today: Someone came to me earlier today and they said they said, was that conduct of a United States senator? I said, I’m a guy from Oklahoma first.

2) Mullin: You don’t run your mouth like that in Oklahoma unless you’re willing to stand up and back it up. And that simple, this guy some he’s a he’s a he’s a union Teamster boss who said he wants to bring back the mob mentality after he was elected president.

3) Mullin: And he just he ran his mouth off to the wrong person, I guess.


On Twitter, Mullin wrote, “In Oklahoma, if you run your mouth, you get called out. Period.” Looks like he’s got some podcast interviews lined up where he’s going to talk more about the feud as well.

As of this writing, there has been no follow-up keyboard warrioring from O’Brien, which stands to reason considering his bluff was called in the most embarrassing of ways by a United States Senator. 

The moral of the story here? If you can’t take it, don’t dish it out. Also, don’t trifle with dudes from Oklahoma.

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