Violence is nothing new in American politics.
For years politicians used dueling to resolve disputes.
And this Senate Republican put jaws on the floor after he challenged a prominent union boss to a literal cage fight.
What’s a little violence?
Politics is nothing but the coldest of wars.
At the end of the day, someone’s policies need to win the argument and become law.
And the other side will be upset that they lost the fight.
But in America, we have mechanisms to make sure that politics stay relatively peaceful.
If you don’t like the policy someone put in place, you can always vote them out and assign a new Representative to be your voice.
But that does not mean that violence has not been a part of American political history.
Back in the day, politicians in Washington, D.C. used to duel against each other over spats that happened on Capitol Hill.
Many people know about the famous duel between former President Andrew Jackson and Charles Dickinson in 1806, which resulted in Dickinson’s death.
#OTD in 1806, Andrew Jackson killed Charles Dickinson in a duel. Jackson let Dickinson shoot first and was struck in the ribs. Then he shot Dickinson in the abdomen. The bullet was never removed from Jackson’s chest. https://t.co/olLGAcEkTx pic.twitter.com/aXRK5vIj7y
— Presidential Trivia (@triviapotus) May 30, 2023
And we’ve also had politicians beat the crap out of others in Congress.
Now, a new way of settling things in Washington, D.C. is being proposed – cage fighting.
Senator MMA Debut
Senator Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) and Teamster President Sean O’Brien have been having a fiery feud online.
Senator Mullin had grilled O’Brien during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing, which ended in Mullin demanding that O’Brien shut his mouth.
O’Brien didn’t listen to Mullin, and attacked the Senator, calling him a “greedy CEO.”
Now, things have been heating up after that hearing in March, leading O’Brien to tweet, “Quit the tough guy act in these Senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy.”
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 O'Brien (@TeamsterSOB) June 21, 2023
But Senator Mullin isn’t one to step away from a fight.
“An attention-seeking union Teamster boss is trying to be punchy after our Senate hearing, Mullin replied. “Okay, I accept your challenge. MMA fight for charity of our choice. Sept 30th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ll give you 3 days to accept.”
An attention-seeking union Teamster boss is trying to be punchy after our Senate hearing. Okay, I accept your challenge. MMA fight for charity of our choice. Sept 30th in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I’ll give you 3 days to accept. pic.twitter.com/9WpvuTpDlG
— Markwayne Mullin (@SenMullin) June 26, 2023
“And so bullies have a special place in my heart, and this guy popped off at the mouth and he said, ‘any time, any place cowboy,’” Mullin later added. “So I’ve ignored him since March and I finally said, ‘enough’s enough.’”
Time will tell if this fight actually takes place, but one can be hopeful this MMA fight happens.
There would certainly be some viewers tune-in to see a union boss and Senator slug it out.
And maybe these two can start a trend.