Trash talking, an elbow thrown at a kidney, and a challenge for a fight “right here, right now.” No, it wasn’t a WWE pay-per-view, it was yesterday on Capitol Hill in Washington. A series of incidents put Republicans in a bad light yesterday in both the Senate and the House:
- During a senate hearing, Oklahoma Republican Markwayne Mullin and Sean O’Brien, the president of the Teamsters Union, got very close to a fistfight during the hearing. Mullin read some comments made online by O’Brien, including one that said “You know where to find me. Any place, any time, cowboy.” Mullin replied by saying “This is a place, this is a time,” and then challenged O’Brien to fight right there. O’Brien said, “I’d love to do it right now,” and then both told the other to “Stand your butt up, then.” Mullin finally did stand, but Sen. Bernie Sanders interrupted the face-off before it could come to physical violence.
Here is the post Mullin is referencing.
- Republican Tim Burchett was talking to reporters in the halls at Capitol Hill when former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy walked by. Burchett was one of the Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy from the speaker’s chair, and after McCarthy walked by Burchett called after him, saying “Sorry, Kevin. I didn’t mean to hit your elbow with my back,” and then called him a jerk.
But, the House did pass the “laddered continuing resolutions” yesterday to fund the federal government past Friday, with more Democrats than Republicans voting for Speaker Mike Johnson’s proposal. The measure now moves to the Senate, where leadership says they’ll pass it. So maybe, getting a little physical is getting stuff done after all...