Sen. Bernie Sanders went viral yesterday for supporting a ceasefire — just not one between Israel and Hamas.
Far-right U.S. Sen. Markwayne Mullin of Oklahoma challenged Teamsters union leader Sean O’Brien to a physical fight during a Senate hearing Tuesday, and the two might have exchanged blows had Sanders not intervened.
This dust-up occurred at a Senate hearing by the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. The discussion was about how unions can continue to help workers financially. Mullin, a Republican and former mixed martial arts fighter, took the opportunity to call out O’Brien, general president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, citing tweets O’Brien had posted after a previous hearing.
Bernie Sanders breaks up a fight
Mullin, who owns a plumbing company, read aloud one of O’Brien’s tweets about him: “’Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self-made. In reality, he’s a fraud and a clown. It has always been that way. Stop acting tough in these Senate hearings. You know where I am. Cowboy, you can find me anywhere and anytime.’”
Mullin then said to O’Brien himself: “Sir, this is a time, this is a place. You want to talk, we can both be consenting adults.