Senate hearings aren’t something you’d usually associate with UFC.
That changed on Tuesday when Senator Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma decided to bring a little thunder to the Capitol dome.
The Hill reports:
Mullin challenged International Brotherhood of Teamsters general president Sean O’Brien to a fight on the spot after the senator read aloud O’Brien’s tweets calling him out as a “clown” and a “fraud.”
“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,” Mullin said from the hearing room dais.
“OK, that’s fine. Perfect,” O’Brien shot back.
“You want to do it now?” Mullin asked. “Stand your butt up then.”
“You stand your butt up,” O’Brien retorted, prompting Mullin, who is 46 years old, to stand up from his chair as if he was preparing to spring into the middle of the hearing room to trade blows with the Teamster.
Watch the incredible moment:
A fight almost broke out in a Senate hearing.
Markwayne Mullin read a tweet from Teamster boss Sean O’Brien which challenged Mullin to a fight. Mullin said he was ready to settle things right here, right now.
Bernie Sanders shut the scene down. pic.twitter.com/U0X3YmWPwY
— Citizen Free Press (@CitizenFreePres) November 14, 2023
Referee Bernie Sanders
But one senator was determined to break up any potential scuffle…
82-year-old Bernie Sanders.
Which may be a good thing, since Senator Mullin is a formerly undefeated MMA fighter and as the video shows, he was ready to rumble.
Sanders yelled while banging the gavel, “Hold it. No, no, no, sit down. Sit down! You’re a United State senator, sit down.”
The socialist octogenarian senator tried to restore order.
“This is a hearing. God knows the American people have enough contempt for Congress, let’s not…” Sanders said.
But Mullin and O’Brien weren’t done yet, with Mullin even daring the Teamsters official to an actual cage match to benefit a charity.
Sanders had had enough.
“Excuse me, hold it. Sen. Mullin, I have the mic,” Sanders declared. “If you have questions on any economic issues, anything that was said, go for it. We’re not here to talk about physical abuse.”
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Grown men nearly coming to blows isn’t something that normally takes place in such august chambers, but it has happened before.
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The Senate Smackdown of 1856
Believe it or not, this kind of clash is not without precedent.
Such was the case of the beating of Senator Charles Sumner.
From the archives of Senate.gov, “On May 22, 1856, the ‘world’s greatest deliberative body’ became a combat zone. In one of the most dramatic and deeply ominous moments in the Senate’s entire history, a member of the House of Representatives entered the Senate Chamber and savagely beat a senator into unconsciousness.”
What a shame, would’ve been the greatest senate beat down since the caning of Charles Sumner. pic.twitter.com/3hLIpxL16N
— Based Hulk Hogan (@Hulk_Hogan_1776) November 14, 2023
Senator Sumner was an antislavery Republican from Massachusetts. He trashed the pro-slavery positions of Democratic Senator Andrew Butler of South Carolina on the senate floor, which proved to be his real mistake.
Representative Preston Brooks was Butler’s South Carolina kinsman. If he had believed Sumner to be a gentleman, he might have challenged him to a duel. Instead, he chose a light cane of the type used to discipline unruly dogs. Shortly after the Senate had adjourned for the day, Brooks entered the old chamber, where he found Sumner busily attaching his postal frank to copies of his “Crime Against Kansas” speech.
Moving quickly, Brooks slammed his metal-topped cane onto the unsuspecting Sumner’s head. As Brooks struck again and again, Sumner rose and lurched blindly about the chamber, futilely attempting to protect himself. After a very long minute, it ended.
Bleeding profusely, Sumner was carried away. Brooks walked calmly out of the chamber without being detained by the stunned onlookers. Overnight, both men became heroes in their respective regions.
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History almost repeated itself on Tuesday.
Regardless, Townhall’s Kevin McMahon couldn’t help himself.
Bernie Sanders is the only person alive to witness both the Markwayne Mullin Massacre and the Caning of Charles Sumner
— Kevin McMahon (@Kevin__McMahon) November 14, 2023
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