Just a few minutes ago, it became clear when Representative Tim Barchet (R-Ten) confronted Representative Kevin McCarthy (R-California),
shouting in his ear, accusing him of elbowing him in the back as they passed each other. Quite a scene!
On Tuesday, the Senate witnessed a spectacular fireworks display in itself when Senator Markven Mulin (R-Oklahoma) halted a hearing on corporate greed.He confronted it directly, held his position firmly, and dared it to engage in a battle.
The ethical dilemma arose when lawmakers were trying to escape a government shutdown and ensuring they could leave the city before the anticipated Thanksgiving break.
The ongoing session, especially the Speaker – McCarthy – was removed unprecedentedly during this period, leading to a controversial election among Republicans that exposed deep-seated, long-running divisions within the party.
Joan B. Freeman, a professor of history and American studies at Yale University, who has written a book describing the history of violence in Congress, took to Twitter (formerly known as “X”) to write: “Please stop providing fodder for Field of Blood Volume Two.”
On Tuesday evening, Freeman told The Washington Post that condemning confrontational behavior and threats of violence among lawmakers is crucial, especially when it comes from a member of their own party.
She said, “If no one speaks up, that becomes the representative for the party they stand for.
The incident between Barchet and McCarthy was not captured on video but witnessed by reporters.Kevin, why did you choose to follow me and deliver an unexpected elbow to my back? Barchet asked when The Post interviewed McCarthy. “Don’t you have any courage?”
“I did not engage in such actions,” responded McCarthy. As Barchet continued yelling, McCarthy chuckled and said, “Oh, God.”
Barchet was one of the eight Republicans who voted to remove McCarthy from the position of House Speaker, and the California congressman has publicly and privately taken this rebuke sharply.
“You’re very gracious,” Barchet said before slowing his steps to avoid being behind McCarthy.
Thank you, Tim,” McCarthy said.
Later on CNN, Barchet said, “I got an elbow to the back, and it caught me off guard because it was a clean shot to the kidney.”
Barchet said he turned around “and there was Kevin.”
A little later, Barchet said, “Sure, I was tailing him,” referring to the former speaker, before calling him a “17-million-dollar and security details wielding” threat.
Barchet also mentioned that the likelihood of filing a formal ethical complaint is low because he hopes McCarthy will lose again in the next year’s elections. Nevertheless, Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.),
who spearheaded the initiative to remove McCarthy, lodged a complaint against the former Speaker. Gaetz wrote, “The incident is worthy of immediate and swift investigation by the Ethics Committee.”
He expressed, “In contrast to the period before the Civil War, there has been a noticeable surge in ethical breaches within this Congress.” “I’ve experienced disrespectful behavior in the House myself, but nothing as open and public as an assault by one member on another.”
McCarthy denied intentionally attacking Barchet but acknowledged that they might have collided inadvertently in a crowded hallway.
“I won’t elbow anyone,” McCarthy told reporters, “I won’t hit his kidney.” They were in a corridor, and “I think our shoulders collided.”
Afterward, McCarthy remarked, “I believe as I was moving, our elbows accidentally bumped,” and added, “if ever I were to strike someone, they would be aware of it.”
He also dismissed a question about filing a complaint in the ethics committee by Gaetz, saying, “I think ethics is a good place for Gaetz.”
In a Senate gathering centered on “Combating Corporate Greed: The Beneficial Influence of Unions on the Welfare of Working Families,” Sean M. O’Brien, Secretary-Treasurer of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters, faced a series of inquiries.
Mulin, who claims to have transformed his family’s plumbing business into the “largest service company in
Commencing with the district,” he delved into O’Brien’s social media post from June 21, where inquiries about the legislator’s business expertise were raised.
There has been previous debate between the two regarding the senator’s claims of business success.
Referring to O’Brien’s post on Tuesday, Mulin wrote, “A greedy CEO who pretends to be self-made.” “In reality, just a charlatan and a cheat.
It has perpetually existed and will continue to do so. Stop adopting a tough attitude in these Senate hearings.
You’re well aware of the location where you can locate me. Anywhere, anytime, cowboy.”