Eric Greitens doubles down on ‘RINO hunting’ ad and says it was ‘clearly a metaphor’
US Senate candidate Eric Greitens doubled down on his “RINO hunt” ad, in which he stormed a house while firing shots, saying it was “obviously a metaphor.”
Greitens, 48, faced quick reactions after a campaign ad in which he and an armed military squad broke into a house and fired round after round in pursuit of RINOs, Republicans in name only.
Although the video was removed from Facebook and flagged by Twitter, the Missouri Republican shrugged off the criticism and said he saw no problem with the ad.
“Any sane person in the state of Missouri could see that it’s clearly a metaphor,” Greitens told KCMO Talk Radio on Tuesday.
“It’s amusing to see the outrage from the RINO and liberal snowflakes across the country and across the state.”
US Senate candidate Eric Greitens (pictured) said his controversial ‘RINO hunt’ ad was ‘clearly a metaphor’, as he shrugged off the reaction
Greitens urged his supporters to “hunt” those who do not support former President Trump is a new guns ad that was removed by Facebook and flagged by Twitter
‘Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting license,’ says Greitens
Greitens, who previously resigned in disgrace as Missouri governor amid assault and blackmail allegations, posted a 38-second campaign clip to Twitter.
“I’m Eric Greitens, Navy Seal, and today we’re going on a RINO hunt,” he said. “A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the streaks of cowardice.”
“We are tired of Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden and the radical left. Order your RINO Hunting License today!’ he captioned the new clip.
“Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting license,” Greitens says. “There’s no baggage limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.” Trump has so far not endorsed Greitens or plunged into the Missouri race at all.
The Greitens campaign could not be reached for comment, but the ad caused a stir on social media.
Facebook removed it from the platform and Twitter posted a warning that read: “This Tweet has violated Twitter rules about abuse. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.”
Greitens claimed that only RINOs were mad at his campaign ad, saying they would always have targeted him no matter what kind of ad his team was making.
“They joined forces with the left and the mainstream media to come out and attack us,” he said of the resistance.
The Missouri Republican posted the new 38-second clip on Twitter. “I’m Eric Greitens, Navy Seal, and today we’re going on a RINO hunt,” he said.
‘A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the streaks of corruption’
Greitens is the frontrunner of 20 vying for the GOP nomination on Aug. 2 upon the impending retirement of GOP Sen. Roy Blunt
Opponents of Greitens in the Aug. 2 primary, Republican Representatives Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long, condemned the ad, as did the Missouri State Lodge of Fraternal Order of Police.
“This deplorable video has no place in our political system and sends a dangerous message that it is somehow acceptable to murder people of different political persuasions,” the group said in a statement.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, also slammed the ad, saying any broadcast network that agrees to broadcast it must be referred to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
“This is sociopathic. You’re going to kill someone,” Castro tweeted.
The firing of weapons in political advertisements is nothing new to Greitens. In 2016, during his run for governor, he ran an ad in which he fired himself with an automatic Gatling rifle.
Greitens won that campaign and served as governor of Missouri for two years before resigning over charges of sexual assault and campaign finance violations.
Sheena Greitens (above) has accused her ex-husband of partner and child abuse
Greitens’ 2018 mugshot when he was charged with invasion of privacy
His ex-wife accuses him of partner and child abuse. Sheena Greitens recently requested documents from the governor’s office showing Greitens restricted his access to firearms multiple times – she said her ex-husband repeatedly threatened to kill herself unless she showed “specific public political support” in 2018 when he endured several scandals .
As a result, she and others restricted his access to firearms at least three times that year.
Greitens resigned as governor after being indicted in 2018 over allegations that he sexually and physically assaulted his hairdresser in 2015 — and used nude photos of her to silence her. She also claims that he tied her up in a basement and forced her to have sex with him.
Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair with his hairdresser and said their meetings were by mutual consent.
He also faced charges for using a veterans’ charity list to raise campaign money.
Greitens has claimed that his ex-wife’s attacks were politically motivated and that she colluded with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove to keep him from power. He demands full custody of his children.