Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) nearly came to blows Tuesday with Teamsters general president Sean O’Brien, who has been trash-talking the lawmaker for months on social media.
Mullin began his remarks during a testy Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing by reading off a series of mean tweets and other taunts from O’Brien, who challenged him to a fight earlier this year.
“Sir, this is the time, this is the place. You wanna run your mouth? We could be two consenting adults. We can finish it here,” Mullin said .
“OK, that’s fine. Perfect,” O’Brien shot back.
“You want to do it now?” Mullin asked.
“I’d love to do it right now, O’Brien said.
“Stand your butt up,” Mullin demanded.
“You stand your butt up,” O’Brien sneered.
The Oklahoma senator then stood up and braced himself for a fight.
Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) then stepped in before he was asked to referee.
“Sit down,” Sanders scolded Mullin. “You know you’re a United States senator.”
Mullin protested that O’Brien had wanted this and O’Brien tried to chime in, but Sanders wasn’t having it.
“This is a hearing,” the Vermont socialist said.