Kevin McCarthy accused of hitting fellow Republican

November 16, 2023

Allegations of violence erupted on Capitol Hill this week after a Republican congressman claimed that he was hit in the kidney.

According to Politico, Tennessee Republican Rep. Tim Burchett accused former House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of elbowing him in a Capitol Hill hallway.

McCarthy claims he accidentally bumped into Burchett

"I ran after McCarthy and I said, 'What'd you do that for?' He acted like, 'Oh, I didn't do anything,'" Politico quoted Burchett as saying.

For his part, McCarthy told reporters that he did not strike Burchett but instead accidentally bumped into his fellow congressman.

Burchett later made clear that he did not accept McCarthy's explanation before describing him as someone who would "hide behind his mama's skirt."

GOP lawmaker and former mixed martial artist tries to fight witness

The spat between McCarthy and Burchett was not the only example of drama in Washington, as on Tuesday former mixed martial artist and Oklahoma Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R) challenged a Senate witness to a fist fight.

According to Fox News, the incident began with Mullin reading out a post on the social media platform previously known as Twitter.

In the post, Teamsters President Sean O'Brien told Mullin to "[q]uit the tough guy act in these senate hearings. You know where to find me. Anyplace, Anytime cowboy."

Mullin then asked O'Brien if he was prepared to fight and proceeded to stand up before being told to sit down by Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I).

"You don't issue a challenge unless you're going to answer the call"

Mullin subsequently defended those actions in a social media post of his own, writing, "Too often, big union bosses intimidate, threaten, and bully employees and job creators to get their way."

"That might work on some people, but not on me. Yesterday I made it clear: in Oklahoma, you don't issue a challenge unless you're going to answer the call," Mullin went on to declare.

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