Republican lawmakers Marjorie Taylor Greene and Dan Crenshaw exchanged blows on Twitter as they renewed their bitter feud – this time over a $40 billion aid bill to Ukraine.
Crenshaw has repeatedly clashed with right-wing arsonist Greene over her bombastic approach to politics.
And on Wednesday he hinted that their opposition to the Humanitarian and Military Aid Law was part of an effort to woo the Russian establishment and its state-controlled media.
“Still looking for that Russia Today slot, huh?” he said as they exchanged barbs over the wisdom of supporting Ukraine.
Her spitting brought to the surface Republicans’ disagreements over how to handle the war in Ukraine and whether it risked an increased backlash from Moscow.
Reps Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene went to war over Ukraine on Twitter on Wednesday, revealing splits in the Republican Party and renewing their bitter feud
Crenshaw’s remarks about funding Ukraine provoked an angry reaction from Greene
And it was a reminder of the way the couple clashed last year when Greene said the former Navy SEAL “fired placeholders” after complaining about “grabs” and “performance artists” in their party .
Their latest showdown followed a 368-57 vote in the House of Representatives in which only Republicans opposed a measure to provide billions of dollars in military and humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
Opponents cited the impact on US government debt or fears of becoming too deeply involved in the conflict.
Crenshaw made his support clear.
“Yes, because it seems to me a good idea to invest in destroying our opponent’s military without losing a single American force,” he tweeted.
‘You should feel the same.’
At this point, Greene spoke up and indicated that he was effectively arguing for a proxy war against Moscow.
“You speak as if Ukrainian lives should be thrown away, as if they have no value,” she replied.
‘Just used and thrown away. For your proxy war?
“How does that help the Americans? How does any of this help?’
Throughout the conflict, a wing of Trump-aligned Republicans has been wary of over-backing Ukraine against Vladimir Putin’s invasion.
They have blamed NATO expansion in Europe for urging Moscow to invade and have accused them of parroting Putin’s talking points.
Hence Crenshaw’s jibe about finding a slot on Russia Today.
Crenshaw used an appearance in Houston, Texas last year to slam “performance artists” as “the ones you think are more conservative because they’re really good at saying slogans.”
But it’s not the first time the two have clashed.
Greene has been documented to make inflammatory comments, from sharing QAnon conspiracy theories to blatantly condoning violence against Democrats.
And several House Republicans have said that people like Greene are drowning out more moderate voices with extreme views.
Crenshaw is among those concerned that a vocal fringe could deter voters in the midterms.
“There are two types of members of Congress: There are performance artists and there are legislators,” Crenshaw said during a December campaign rally in Houston, Texas.
“Performance artists are the ones who get all the attention, the ones that you think are more conservative because they’re really good at saying slogans.
“They know how to recite the lines they know our constituents want to hear.”
He went on to point to members of the House Freedom Caucus, which include Greene, Matt Gaetz and Jim Jordan, for failing to vote with former President Trump.
Greene defended her approach and said so
“What you hear so often isn’t true,” said the former Green Beret, who has carved a niche as a Trump supporter unafraid to speak out against the MAGA movement’s worst excesses.
‘It is not true. We have scammers in our midst…I mean in the conservative movement.
“Lie after lie after lie, because psychologically they know something about the conservative heart.
“We’re concerned about what people are going to do to us, what people are going to do to us, that’s the nature of conservatism.”
Greene quickly hit back in a tweet.
“The recent attacks from our @freedomcaucus conference not only miss the mark, they say more about the guy who shoots blanks,” she wrote on Wednesday.
“It’s far better for him to go right than disappoint the audience he’s performing for.”