Republican lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dan Crenshaw traded blows on Twitter as they renewed their bitter feud — this time over a $40 billion Ukrainian aid bill.
Crenshaw has repeatedly clashed with right-wing agitator Greene over her bombastic approach to politics.
And on Wednesday, he suggested that her opposition to the humanitarian and military assistance bill was part of an effort to win over the Russian establishment and its state-controlled media.
“You’re still going after that lock on Russia Today, aren’t you?” he said as they barbed barbs on the wisdom to support Ukraine.
Their quarrel surfaced divisions between Republicans over handling the war in Ukraine, and whether it threatened a bigger backlash from Moscow.
Representatives Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene took to Twitter on Wednesday over Ukraine, exposing divisions in the Republican Party and renewing their bitter feud
Crenshaw’s comments about Ukraine’s financing sparked an angry response from Greene
And it was a reminder of how the pair clashed last year when Greene said the former Navy SEAL “fired whites” after complaining about “grifters” and “performance artists” in their party.
Their latest showdown followed a 368-57 House vote, with only Republicans opposing a measure to give Ukraine billions in military and humanitarian aid.
Opponents cited its impact on US public debt or the fear of getting too deeply involved in the conflict.
Crenshaw made his support clear.
“Yes, because investing in the destruction of our adversary’s army, without losing a single US force, seems like a good idea,” he tweeted.
“You should feel the same.”
At that point, Greene began to whistle, suggesting that he was, in fact, advocating a proxy war against Moscow.
“You talk as if Ukrainian lives should be thrown away, as if they have no value,” she responded.
‘Just used and thrown away. For your proxy war?
‘How does that help the Americans? How does this help?’
Throughout the conflict, a wing of Trump-affiliated Republicans has been wary of over-supporting Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
They have blamed NATO’s expansion in Europe for Moscow’s insistence on invading, accusing them of mimicking Putin’s talking points.
Hence Crenshaw’s mockery about looking for a place on Russia Today.
Crenshaw used a gig in Houston, Texas last year to denounce “performance artists” as “those who you think are more conservative because they know very well how to say slogans”
But it’s not the first time the two have clashed.
Greene has a track record of making incendiary comments, from sharing QAnon conspiracy theories to seemingly condoning violence against Democrats.
And several House Republicans have said that people like Greene drown out more moderate voices with extreme views.
Crenshaw is among those who fear a vocal fringe could scare voters in the midterm elections.
“There are two kinds of congressmen: there are performance artists and there are lawmakers,” Crenshaw said at a December campaign event in Houston, Texas.
“Performance artists are the ones who get all the attention, the ones you think are more conservative because they know very well how to say slogans.
“They know how to recite the lines they know our voters want to hear.”
He further referred to members of the House Freedom Caucus, including the likes of Greene, Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, for not voting with former President Trump.
Greene defended her approach, saying that:
“What you hear so often isn’t true,” said the former Green Beret, who as a Trump supporter has found a niche that isn’t afraid to speak out against the worst excesses of the MAGA movement.
‘It’s not true. We have crooks in our midst… I mean in the conservative movement.
‘Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychological about the conservative heart.
“We worry about what people are doing to us, what people are going to do to us, that’s inherent in conservatism.”
Greene quickly hit back in a tweet.
“Recent attacks from our conference on the @freedomcaucus don’t just miss the point, it tells more about the man who shoots blanks,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“He’s much better off going right than disappointing the audience he’s performing for.”
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