By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney called House colleague U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene a “useful idiot” this week after Greene claimed Ukraine violated peace agreements before the Russian invasion.
In a live-streamed video posted to Facebook on Wednesday, Greene warned against the U.S. moving toward a war with Russia, and contended that the U.S. was getting involved because prominent American leaders have “direct financial interests” there.
Cheney said this was propaganda.
“Putin is targeting and slaughtering civilians in a brutal unprovoked war against Ukraine, a sovereign democratic nation,” Cheney tweeted. “Only the Kremlin and their useful idiots would call that ‘a conflict in which peace agreements have been violated by both sides.'”
Earlier this week, Cheney told Wyoming reporters that the U.S. needed to do more in aiding Ukraine.
Around the same time of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, Greene attended and gave a speech at the controversial America First Political Action Conference in Florida. At the event, organizer Nick Fuentes led chants supporting Putin and asked the audience to applaud for Russia.
Cheney criticized both Greene and Rep. Paul Gosar for their attendance, which she described as “white supremacist, anti-Semitic and pro-Putin.”
“All Americans should renounce this garbage and reject the Putin wing of the GOP now,” Cheney said.
The two lawmakers have regularly clashed since Greene’s election to office.
In October, the two tangled on the floor of the House of Representatives, with Greene calling the Jan. 6 committee “a joke.” Cheney is one of two Republicans serving on the committee investigating the events of the attack on the U.S. Capitol.
Words were exchanged between the women, with Green ultimately calling Cheney “a joke,” as well.
Cheney was at the center of an additional argument this week, when two hosts of “The View” clashed over their opinions of her.
Host and attorney Sunny Hostin and guest host and former staffer to previous President Donald Trump Alyssa Farah got into a dispute over Cheney, with Farah calling the representative “brave” and Hostin arguing that Congress did not need more legislators like her.
“I think they see the principled stances that Liz Cheney has taken, against personal loss, criticism, potentially losing her seat, and they’re inspired by it,” Farah said. “Politicians who put their own beliefs and principles over ambition, it’s so rare that we see it.”
Farah was referring to Cheney’s decision to impeach Trump last year following the Capitol riot, being one of the few congressional Republicans to do so. As noted, she is also one of two Republicans serving on the Jan. 6 committee, for which she has received much criticism.
“I don’t think we need more Liz Cheneys in office, and I think a Democrat would be crazy to vote for her,” Hostin said. “This is not the savior of democracy.