A fight nearly broke out between former MMA fighter Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and a union leader during a Senate hearing on Tuesday morning.
Mullin confronted Teamsters union president Sean O’Brien during the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing over threats that the union leader made against the senator on social media.
In the post, O’Brien mocked Mullin’s height, called him a “fraud” and challenged him to a fight.
“Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self made,” O’Brien wrote. “In reality, just a clown & fraud. Always has been, always will be. Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy. #LittleManSyndrome[.]”
Greedy CEO who pretends like he’s self made. In reality, just a clown & fraud. Always has been, always will be. Quit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy. #LittleManSyndrome pic.twitter.com/JNvT7IsA6m
— Sean M. O'Brien (@TeamsterSOB) June 21, 2023
Mullin read that post back to O’Brien during the hearing, pointing out that after the last time he had spoken with him in a committee hearing, O’Brien “got pretty excited about the keyboard” and attacked Mullin several times on social media.
Responding to the claims about him being a “fraud” and not being “self-made,” Mullin stated: “Sir, I wish you were in the truck with me when I was building my plumbing company; myself and my wife was running the office because I sure remember working pretty hard and long hours.”
He then suggested that the fight that O’Brien was pushing for on social media could happen at that moment.
“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.
“Okay, that’s fine,” O’Brien replied. “Perfect.”
“You want to do it now?” Mullin asked.
“I’d love to do it right now,” O’Brien confirmed.
Mullin then told the union president to stand his “butt up then.”
“You stand your butt up,” O’Brien responded.
Mullin proceeded to jump out of his chair, immediately reaching to remove the ring from his hand before fighting.
However, Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-VT) stopped the fight from happening — chastising both of them, especially Mullin.
“Oh, my god. Oh, stop it,” Sanders shouted. “Sit down. You’re a United States Senator.”
“Hold it! This is a hearing,” he added. “And God knows the American people have enough contempt for Congress, let’s not make it worse.”
🚨 Teamster President Sean O’Broen challenged Senator Markwayne Mullin to a fight during a hearing in the Senate. Bernie Sanders stepped in to stop it 🤣
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) November 14, 2023
Mullin, a former undefeated Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter with a professional record of 5-0, later commented on the incident in a post on X, formerly known as Twitter.
“In Oklahoma, if you run your mouth, you get called out. Period,” he wrote.
In Oklahoma, if you run your mouth, you get called out. Period. https://t.co/2ZRVWc9IwX
— Markwayne Mullin (@SenMullin) November 14, 2023