Benny Johnson defends physical fights in the US Capitol: “Dueling is a good thing”

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Citation From the November 15, 2023, edition of The Benny Show, streamed on YouTube

BENNY JOHNSON (HOST): Now, the tradition of fighting inside of the US Capitol is a strong, long, and storied, proud one. The United States government used to have battles inside of the Capitol. People used to literally fight with fisticuffs up and down the marble stairways of the Capitol building. There's famously blood on one of the Capitol stairs from fights like this. Andrew Jackson, president, beat a would-be assassin with his cane, bloody and bruised inside of the United States Capitol and then went on to deliver a speech. We used to have a country of men. Of course, we want everything that happens inside the United States Capitol to be legal, but I think we had a better country, actually, when -- if you smart off at the mouth, there is gonna be a physical consequence to you. Well, we started to see that reemerge yesterday.

We've often talked on the show about the reemergence of masculinity in society and how important it is, and we saw that in the Senate, of all places, where a man named Markwayne Mullin, who's a senator from Oklahoma, decided to literally get up, take his ring off, and roll up his sleeves in preparation to brawl with a union boss. Amazing. And Bernie Sanders always has to come in and ruin everything. Dusty, old, schleppy, dirty, bum, socialist, Karl Marx, Bernie Sanders, had to go ruin it all. We were about to have our first brawl inside of the US Senate. And you know what? I would argue dueling was a -- dueling is a good thing. Men standing up for their own honor and men having to face the consequences of their own words is a good thing.