Things sure are getting testy in Congress these days! By “testy” we mean potentially violent and definitely mean-spirited. We’ve seen this before, of course, although not in any of our lifetimes. The 30-year period before the first Civil War also saw a lot of verbal fights, fist fights, assaults, and duels to the death between the political parties in Washington, DC.
If you’re wondering where we are on the timeline heading toward Civil War 2.0, it looks like we’re just about to the point where Members of Congress are going to start sword fighting each other—and I can’t wait!
Remember just a few years ago when members of the House and Senate would refer to people in the other party as “my good friend” or “my dear colleague?” They’re not talking like that about each other these days!
In a House Oversight Committee hearing last week, one of the Democrats hatched a wild conspiracy theory claiming that Chairman James Comer (R-KY) was engaged in the same sorts of influence peddling as Joe Biden. Comer, of course, is a real estate developer and investor and makes all of his land purchases through a legally owned and licensed LLC, with everything on the books. Comer doesn’t have 20 shell companies like Joe and Jill Biden, and he doesn’t take wire transfers from China at his house.
In the argument that broke out between the two, Comer called his dear Democrat colleague a “Smurf” and stated that his allegations were “bullsh*t.” Comer then pointed out that the only people who couldn’t tell the difference between a legal LLC and a shell company taking money from China are “dumb” and “financially illiterate,” like the Democrat he was speaking to.
It got heated.
In an even more heated exchange, Sen. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) challenged the head of the Teamsters union to a fistfight in the middle of a Senate hearing. Mullen jumped out of his chair and was ready to go after the guy. Bernie Sanders had to step in.
One of the worst incidents last week happened when ousted House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) struck Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) in the back like a schoolyard bully. Burchett was talking to a reporter in the hallway in the Capitol when McCarthy walked past him and violently elbowed Burchett in the kidneys. Burchett chased him, calling McCarthy a coward and demanding, “Why’d you hit me in the back, Kevin?”
The cameras weren’t rolling, but the reporter Burchett was talking to corroborated the story. McCarthy hit Burchett hard when he wasn’t looking. Burchett, of course, was a member of the triumphant Gang of Eight who kicked McCarthy out of the House Speakership a month ago in the Great Matt Gaetz MAGA Uprising of 2023.
I give it a few more months before one Member of Congress files assault charges against another. There’s really no reconciling the two parties in America any longer. The two sides, of course, are the globalists and the MAGA movement. One side worships Satan and wants to sexually mutilate children and legalize child porn. The other side just wants America’s problems fixed so that young people can afford to buy a home and raise a family.
The issues are different than the ones that led to the first Civil War, but they’re no less important. Between 1830 and 1860, there were 80 separate violent attacks, fights, or duels between members of the opposing political parties. That’s slightly less than three violent incidents per year—and the three incidents listed above happened just this week. In the fights in the 1800s, actual blood was drawn, and in one case, a Member of Congress was killed.
In 1838, Rep. Jonathan Cilly, a Democrat from Maine, was shot and killed in a duel by Rep. William Graves, a Whig from Kentucky. In 1856, Rep. Preston Brooks (D-SC) bludgeoned Sen. Charles Sumner (R-MA) in the head more than 12 times with a metal-topped cane, as Sumner was seated at his desk.
We probably won’t get to a point where Members of Congress are sword fighting each other (although I’d shell out money to see that on Pay-per-View). But they do seem closer to coming to blows than at any time in modern history. Here’s Sen. Markwayne Mullen threating to tune up that Teamsters guy in a Senate hearing: