Liz Cheney calls Sanders a 'commie' in Twitter spat

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, sparred with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash Sanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire MORE (I-Vt.) on Twitter on Friday over nuclear policy. 

“No surprise commie @BernieSanders, who honeymooned in Soviet Union, is ok with U.S. getting attacked first,” Cheney tweeted after Sanders, a self-proclaimed democratic socialist, came to Warren’s defense over her position.

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The feud was sparked by a question during Tuesday’s presidential primary debate in which Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenTrump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax Warren, Buttigieg fight echoes 2004 campaign, serves as warning for 2020 race Democrats battle for Hollywood's cash MORE (D-Mass.) said she would, if elected, commit to never be the first nation to use a nuclear weapon in a conflict.

The Wyoming Republican fired the first shot Friday, suggesting Warren’s vow could put major American cities at risk.

“Key question for Elizabeth Warren @ewarren today - which American cities and how many American citizens are you willing to sacrifice with your policy of forcing the US to absorb a nuclear attack before we can strike back?” Cheney asked.

“Taking national security advice from a Cheney has already caused irreparable damage to our country.  We don't need any more, thanks,” Sanders fired back.

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezSanders, Omar to hit campaign trail in New Hampshire Ocasio-Cortez: 'Won't you look at that: Amazon is coming to NYC anyway' House approves two-state resolution in implicit rebuke of Trump MORE (D-N.Y.), another progressive firebrand, also hit Cheney’s barb, saying an “entire generation” lived through the consequences of her father’s foreign policy advocating for the Iraq War. 

Sanders’s defense of Warren was notable as the two progressives have refrained from attacking each other as much of the rest of the presidential primary field employs personal broadsides against other contenders.