Marjorie Taylor Greene trades Twitter blows with fellow Republican Rep. Dan Crenshaw

“Still going after that slot on Russia Today huh?”

By Jon Skolnik

Staff Writer

Published May 12, 2022 10:35AM (EDT)

Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Dan Crenshaw and Marjorie Taylor Greene (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

Republican Reps. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., and Dan Crenshaw, R-Tex., got into an online spat on Wednesday over providing U.S. aid to Ukraine, with Crenshaw accusing the Georgia freshman of going after "a slot of Russia Today."

The beef started after Crenshaw was criticized for expressing alarm over the rising cases of fentanyl overdoses, which are occuring, he claimed, because the drug is "pouring" across our "open border." 

"Yeah you sound off about that stuff but then you vote yes on the $40 billion to Ukraine," one user responded on Twitter, suggesting that Crenshaw was prioritizing foreign policy over domestic policy. 

"Yeah, because investing in the destruction of our adversary's military, without losing a single American troop, strikes me as a good idea," the lawmaker clapped back. "You should feel the same."

That's when Green jumped in.

Crenshaw's comment, apparently, did not sit well with Greene, who casted doubt over whether America should be providing aid at all. 

"So you think we are funding a proxy war with Russia? You speak as if Ukrainian lives should be thrown away, as if they have no value. Just used and thrown away," told Crenshaw. "For your proxy war? How does that help Americans? How does any of this help?"

Crenshaw responded: "Still going after that slot on Russia Today huh?"

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Since Russia's incursion began, the U.S has supplied Ukraine with billions of dollars of military and humanitarian aid. On Tuesday, the House passed $40 billion more in aid in an overwhelming 368-57 vote. The bill comes as Democrats and Republicans remain gridlocked on key pieces of domestic legislation. 

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It isn't the first time that Greene and Crenshaw have clashed. Back in January, Greene castigated the Texas congressman for supporting expanded COVID-19 testing, saying that Americans don't need FEMA to provide more testing for "sneezes, coughs and runny noses." 

"He needs to stop calling himself conservative, he's hurting our brand," Greene said of Crenshaw. 

"Hey Marjorie, if suggesting we should follow Trump policy instead of Biden mandates makes you mad, then you might be a Democrat — or just an idiot," Crenshaw responded. 

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A month earlier, Crenshaw suggested that the House Freedom Caucus, of which Greene is a member, is full of "grifters" and "performance artists"

"We have grifters in our midst," Crenshaw said at the time. "I mean in the conservative movement. Lie after lie after lie because they know something psychologically about the conservative heart — we're worried about what people are going to do to us, what they're going to infringe upon us."

By Jon Skolnik

Jon Skolnik is a staff writer at Salon. His work has appeared in Current Affairs, The Baffler, and The New York Daily News.

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