The latest campaign ad from former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens in his bid for an open Senate seat in the Republican primary drew massive criticism Monday from the right and left after he declared open season for “RINO hunting.”
Greitens, who resigned from his executive position in 2018 amid scandals after serving nearly 17 months of a four-year term, used the 38-second spot to distance himself from establishment members of Congress. However, the ad was perceived as a literal violent threat from a politician whose reputation of civility has been questioned.
“Today we’re going RINO hunting,” the former Navy SEAL declared, before racking his shotgun that he carries throughout the campaign spot.
We are sick and tired of the Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left.
Order your RINO Hunting Permit today! pic.twitter.com/XLMdJnAzSK
— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) June 20, 2022
Flanked by men in armor, the ad continued with the former governor on a porch stating in hushed tones, “The RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice.”
The group of men then reenacted a breach using a handheld battering ram to break in the door before seemingly releasing a flash-bang grenade and securing the interior. It is then that Greitens entered the room stating, “Join the MAGA crew. Get a RINO Hunting Permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.”
Eric, this ad is unacceptably irresponsible to the point it would be disqualifying… Except, apparently, with the GOP base… It’s not cute, it’s not funny, it’s irresponsible and I question your judgement in making it.
— Montel Williams (@Montel_Williams) June 20, 2022
Reported under the “Threatening them with violence” criteria; everyone should take a minute to do the same.
— PWtham11 ☮️ (@pwtham11) June 20, 2022
There were scores of social media users retweeting the ad with captions about threats to murder political opponents and the “sick and dangerous” nature of the implication with one person even writing, “Fascists are really out here threatening other fascists for not being fascist enough.”
Fascists are really out here threatening other fascists for not being fascist enough https://t.co/SFW5Lilk4T
— Alana McLaughlin🏳️⚧️ (@AlanaFeral) June 20, 2022
However, a great many other posts brought the allegations that were made against Greitens that led to his resignation in 2018. He had admitted to an extramarital affair but denied accusations that he had sexually assaulted his mistress or taken nude photos of her without her consent. As reported by The Hill, the governor had “also been accused of abusing his ex-wife Sheena Greitens, who said that her ex-husband grew physically violent with her and her children.”
“She shared disturbing details including that Eric Greitens bought a gun, hid it from his family and threatened to kill himself if his then-wife did not provide ‘specific public political support’ prior to his resignation,” the outlet continued.
Eric Greitens allegedly bought a gun, hid it from his family and threatened to kill himself if his then-wife did not provide “specific public political support” prior to his resignation in 2018.
He’s now graduated to stochastic terrorism.https://t.co/gqutARz2u6
— Bryan 🇺🇸for🇺🇦 (@swimmerbr78) June 20, 2022
*Never* would’ve expected this from the guy whose hairdresser testified under oath that he coerced her into performing oral sex and took photos of her naked and blindfolded to use as blackmail if she ever told anyone what he did.
— Brian Tyler Cohen (@briantylercohen) June 20, 2022
Are they breaking into that house to free a mistress that was tied up in the basement
— Noble Prize in Sarcasm (@rewegreatyet) June 20, 2022
Thanks for making Second Amendment supporters look like lunatics, you jackass. https://t.co/cYeJ69VuYr
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 20, 2022
Greitens has called out RINOs before, challenging Republican strategist Karl Rove and Senate Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by name in March stating, “You are disgusting cowards and we are coming for you. We are no longer going to allow you – not just to attack me and attack my kids, but to destroy this country, and that’s what you’re doing. You’re making life hard for millions of families around this country by cooperating with the left, by stabbing President Trump in the back, by stabbing the people of America in the back, and we’re not gonna stand for it anymore.”
Sen. Josh Hawley reacted to the allegations made against Greitens tweeting, “If you hit a woman or a child, you belong in handcuffs, not the United States Senate. It’s time for Eric Greitens to leave this race.”
The former governor also took criticism from conservatives who were more than willing to point out his record on the Second Amendment and that fact that he was a Democrat until 2015.
Why then did you make the MO Capitol a gun free zone, bash the Second Amendment Preservation Act using verbatim Mom’s Demand language, and refuse to support Constitutional Carry? https://t.co/avS9aSUJCG https://t.co/QEaA9DqMvh
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 20, 2022
This is what Democrats do.
They infiltrate the oppositions movement & try to make it look bad.
— 🇺🇸🎯 (@KaraKryptonite) June 20, 2022
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