2023 Man of the Year: Markwayne Mullin

Sen. Markwayne Mullin (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
December 26, 2023

Once upon a time, hardworking Americans joined unions to make anti-Semitic losers like Henry Ford pay them a decent wage and give them weekends off to blow that wage on Schlitz and Lucky Strikes.

Our greatest presidents were in unions: Ronald Reagan was president of the Screen Actors Guild, and Abraham Lincoln led the Union Army.

But today, real Americans are barely represented by Big Labor. Most unions are just an excuse for terrorism-loving baristas to complain about not being millionaires. Union leaders and allies, when they're not shutting down American schools or getting appointed to the top posts in the Biden administration, spend their time embezzling funds and trying to intimidate anyone who disagrees with them.

For Teamsters president Sean O'Brien, "anyone" tends to mean Sen. Markwayne Mullin. The union boss frequently inveighs against the Oklahoma Republican, calling Mullin a "clown" and threatening to beat him up.

We're not sure what O'Brien expected to find out after fucking around with someone named "Markwayne," but when Hoffa Lite appeared before the Senate HELP Committee in November, Mullin offered to settle things like men.

"If you want to run your mouth… we can finish it here," Mullin said, challenging O'Brien to "stand your butt up."

Alas, Mullin's surefire victory was thwarted by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.), who held his colleague back while admonishing him, "You're a United States senator!"

Damn straight. And unlike a certain failed socialist presidential candidate, this senator wasn't afraid to stand up—literally—for the courage of his convictions.

Senator, we're sorry you didn’t get the chance to clean that labor loser's clock on C-SPAN. If you had, we would have fashioned you some kind of championship belt. But in lieu of that, we hope you'll accept this consolation prize: You are a 2023 Washington Free Beacon Man of the Year.