Liz Cheney calls Sanders a 'commie' in Twitter spat

Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyRepublicans seek to delay effort to censure Schiff after Cummings' death House Foreign Affairs leaders introduce Turkey sanctions bill Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings MORE (Wyo.), the No. 3 House Republican and the daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, sparred with Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersWarren raised more money from Big Tech employees than other 2020 Democrats: Report Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' Saagar Enjeti praises Yang for bringing threat of automation to forefront at Ohio debate 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 WarrenWarren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Martin Luther King Jr.'s daughter knocks Zuckerberg for invoking her father while defending Facebook Overnight Health Care — Presented by National Taxpayers Union — House Dems advance drug pricing bill | Cases of vaping-related lung illnesses near 1,500 | Juul suspends sales of most e-cigarette flavors 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-CortezOcasio-Cortez mourns Cummings: 'A devastating loss for our country' Booker endorses Lipinski challenger Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle mourn Cummings 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.