Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien said Thursday he would be willing to sit down with the Republican senator who challenged him to a fight earlier this week, but the union boss added he would come prepared.
Speaking about how Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) thought he would “bite” in a fight, O’Brien told Fox Business Network host Neil Cavuto that “I’ll wear my football gear” if a fight takes place. meeting.
“I have no problem sitting with anyone. I would have no problem sitting down with Senator Mullin,” O’Brien said before adding, “I don’t want to get bitten, shot or whipped, so I’m going to have to protect myself.”
In response, a spokesperson for Mullin told The Post: “Our favorite keyboard warrior can Google our office address anytime, anywhere.”
O’Brien and Mullin nearly came to blows Tuesday during a contentious Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing.
Mullin referenced social media posts made by Teamsters boss several months ago suggesting the two entanglements, including one that said: “Stop acting like the tough guy at these Senate hearings. You know where to find me. Any place.”
“Lord, this is the time, this is the place. Do you want to open your mouth? We could be two consenting adults. “We can finish it here,” Mullin exclaimed.
Markwayne Mullin stood up immediately after Sean O’Brien said he was willing to fight.
O’Brien responded, “I’d love to do it right now,” and the two exchanged taunts. Then Mullin rose from his seat and seemed to prepare for battle.
The committee’s chairman, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), 82, quickly intervened and defused the situation.
“It was the strangest thing I’ve ever seen in my life,” O’Brien reflected to Cavuto. “First, he says we’re consenting adults, which was weird because he seemed like he wanted to date me.”
The Teamsters boss looked visibly taken aback, but stood his ground when Markwayne Mullin suggested they face off.
“Then he asked to fight me and now I heard he wanted to bite me. And then the last post he made was in front of a cache of automatic weapons where he says anytime, anywhere,” O’Brien continued.
“Make up your mind. Do you want to date me, fight me, bite me, or shoot me? It’s crazy.”
O’Brien was referring to a podcast appearance on Wednesday, during which Mullin said: “I will 100% bite. In a fight, I will bite. I will do anything. “I’m not above that and I certainly don’t care where I bite.”
Sean O’Brien expressed no remorse for the near-explosion at HELP.Fox News audience
Mullin is a former MMA fighter, but O’Brien was unimpressed and still thinks he could kick the senator’s ass.
“If you look at their opponents, most of them have losing records and everything else,” O’Brien chided, noting that he has a few high school football games under his belt.
The Teamsters boss also insisted that he has no regrets about provoking the Oklahoman.
“I don’t do it because [during] In my first interaction with Senator Mullin at my first hearing, he attacked me personally regarding my salary,” O’Brien said. “Then he proceeded to try to belittle all the committee members.”
“He behaves like a 12-year-old in a schoolyard,” he added.
“I may not respect Markwayne Mullin, but I do respect the US senator’s position.”
Markwayne Mullin has since started selling T-shirts in a nod to the near-fight at the Senate hearing. CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images
Mullin has since raised funds through the confrontation.
The 46-year-old senator previously said he would fight porn star Stormy Daniels’ disgraced former lawyer, Michael Avenatti, but that never materialized either.
Mullin was elected to the House in 2012 and ascended to the Senate after winning a special election to succeed retiring Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) last year.
The Teamsters has 1.2 million members, is one of the largest unions in the country, representing workers in the trucking, railroad and publishing industries.
O’Brien also declined to endorse President Biden for re-election on Thursday, telling Cavuto, “We haven’t made those decisions yet.”