Missouri Senate leader contacted cops over Eric Greitens’ campaign video joking about hunting RINOs
A prominent Missouri lawmaker says he contacted police after Senate candidate Eric Greitens ran a gun ad urged his supporters to hunt moderate Republicans.
The former governor came under fire on Monday after he posted a 38-second campaign video to Twitter urging his followers to “hunt” those who do not support former President Donald Trump.
And the unhinged ad was begrudgingly answered by Caleb Rowden, the Missouri Senate majority leader — himself a Republican — who says he’s contacted authorities about Greitens’ comments.
“Anyone with multiple allegations of abuse of women and children should probably avoid this rhetoric,” Rowden tweeted, referring to the allegations of spousal and child abuse by Greitens’ ex-wife.
The state GOP leader added that he hopes Greitens will “find the help he needs,” implying that he needed psychiatric care.
Missouri Senate leader Caleb Rowden (left) says he has contacted authorities about the campaign video. The GOP lawmaker also targeted Greitens (right) saying: ‘Anyone with multiple allegations of abuse against women and children should probably steer clear of this rhetoric’
The state’s GOP leader added he hopes Greitens “finds the help he needs,” implying he needed psychiatric care
A senior Missouri lawmaker says he contacted police after Senate candidate Eric Greitens published a gun-wielding ad urging his supporters to hunt moderate Republicans
Rowden’s snide comment came in response to a tweet from a now-deleted unaffiliated account supporting Greitens’ campaign.
The tweet tagged Rowden, current Missouri governor Mike Parson and other Republicans, as the poster believed to be RINOS, an acronym for Republicans in Name Only.
“We’ve got our license and we’re coming to get you!” Twitter user @Greitens_Eric wrote. ‘Look after.’
Dylan Johnson, Greitens’ campaign manager, responded to Rowden’s tweet, mocking the GOP leader for voicing his concerns.
‘Give me a break. This account clearly has nothing to do with @EricGreitens or the @TeamGreitens campaign,” Johnson wrote.
He also added a video of a clip from the TV show Reno 911 in which officers comforted a crying man. “A live look at today’s RINOs,” he added.
While the tweet was not directly related to the Greitens campaign, political analysts claim it illustrates how powerful the unhinged ad could be.
Greitens, one of the top contenders for the Republican Senate nomination in Missouri, posted the controversial campaign video on his social media platforms on Monday.
“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.
The video opens with the Senate hopeful walking down a street, rifle in hand, telling viewers, “I’m Eric Greitens, Navy Seal, and today we’re going on a RINO hunt.
“A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the streaks of cowardice.”
Rowden’s snide comment came in response to a tweet from a now-deleted unaffiliated account supporting Greitens’ campaign
Dylan Johnson, Greitens’ campaign manager, responded to Rowden’s tweet, mocking the GOP leader for expressing his concerns
The video shows Greitens and an armed military squad breaking into a house and firing round after round of shots.
“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 did not immediately respond to DailyMail.com’s request for comment, but the ad generated a lot of pushback online.
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.”
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
‘Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting license,’ says Greitens
Greitens is the frontrunner of 20 vying for the GOP nomination on Aug. 2 on the impending retirement of Senator Roy Blunt.
The 48-year-old Navy Seal and former Democrat, who transitioned to the GOP in 2015, is no stranger to weapons ads. In 2016, during his campaign for governor, Greitens ran an ad in which he fired bullets himself from an automatic Gatling rifle.
He won the governor’s race but resigned as governor after being indicted in 2018 over allegations that he sexually and physically assaulted his hairdresser in 2015.
The woman claims that he used nude photos of her to keep her quiet and 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.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley demanded Greitens step out of the Senate race after allegations of abuse against his ex-wife came to light. The legislator is pictured in 2016 with his ex-wife, Sheena Greitens, and their children during his campaign for governor
In addition, his ex-wife Sheena Greitens has accused him of partner and child abuse.
She recently requested documents from the governor’s office showing that Greitens restricted his access to firearms multiple times.
She said her ex-husband repeatedly threatened to commit suicide unless she showed “specific public political support” in 2018 as he endured multiple scandals.
As a result, she and others restricted his access to firearms at least three times that year.
Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley demanded Greitens steps out of the Senate race after allegations of abuse against his ex-wife came to light.
“If you hit a woman or a child, you belong in handcuffs, not the United States Senate. It’s time Eric Greitens left this race,” he wrote on Twitter in March.
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 also demands full custody of his children.