Teamsters Chairman Sean O’Brien said in an interview Thursday that if he were to meet with Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.), he hoped it would be an amicable meeting, but he would likely still be wearing football gear. said.
“I don’t have a problem sitting with anyone. I wouldn’t have a problem sitting with Sen. Mullin. I don’t want to get bitten or shot or whipped, so I’m going to wear soccer gear. We have to protect ourselves,” O’Brien said in an interview with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto, noting that they both have backgrounds as football players.
O’Brien’s comments came after Mullin’s feud with the Oklahoma senator reached a tipping point earlier this week when he challenged him during testimony in a public hearing.
When Mr. Kabuto pressed Mr. O’Brien to accept responsibility for the escalation, Mr. O’Brien said, “Well, look, first of all, that’s a setup that should never have happened.”
Mr. Kabuto interjected when asked whether he would have engaged Mr. O’Brien if other members of Congress had not intervened to stop the threatening comments from escalating.
“If he jumped over the podium and put myself or anyone with me at risk, we obviously have the right to protect ourselves,” he said, adding, “It’s clear that we have the right to protect ourselves. This is not my future goal.”
O’Brien said he has not spoken to Mullin and has no plans for a coffee meeting, but said, “Despite his rhetoric and violent tendencies, I would sit down and have a coffee with anyone.” Ta.
“Obviously he probably has some issues to deal with,” he added. “But my problem is addressing how we improve America, how we work together. And how we move forward through our differences.”
The Hill has reached out to Mullin’s office.
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