Former Missouri GOP governor lambasted for ‘RINO Hunting’ Senate campaign ad

Former Missouri Governor and GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens released a campaign ad Monday morning that imagines Greitens and supporters in tactical gear bursting into a home and “chasing” political opponents.

“I’m Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL,” says the armed candidate in the 38-second ad posted on Twitter . “And today we are going to hunt RINO.”

The twisted pun refers to the RINOs, an acronym that stands for “Republicans in name only,” which Greitens accused in his tweet of “surrendering to Joe Biden and the radical left.”

The ad then shows Greitens, along with several people in camouflage gear, standing on the porch of a suburban home brandishing guns.

“The RINO thrives on corruption and is marked with the streaks of cowardice,” Greitens says, before the group breaks through the door and bursts into the living room of the house, guns drawn.

The ad ends with Greitens encouraging viewers to “join the MAGA team” and “get a RINO hunting license”, which “does not expire until we save our country”.

Hours after the ad aired, Twitter added a tag stating that it “violated Twitter’s abusive behavior rules,” but that the platform “determined it may be in the best interests of the public that the Tweet remains accessible”. Meanwhile, Meta opted to remove the ad from Facebook, a spokesperson told CNN.

Many people criticized the disturbing implications and the threatening imagery of the ad.

Greitens has been accused of real-life violence in recent years. In 2018, a Missouri hairstylist testified that during an affair with the then-governor, he tied her up, stripped her of her clothes without her consent, and forced her to perform oral sex. He resigned as governor amid allegations of sexual assault, as well as accusations that he violated campaign finance law.

And Greitens’ ex-wife, Sheena Greitens, said he physically abused her and their children.

“Before our divorce, during an argument in late April 2018, Eric ran over me and confiscated my cell phone, wallet and keys so I couldn’t call for help or extricate myself and our children. of our home,” she wrote in a court filing earlier this year. She also said he punched their 3-year-old in the face and dragged him by the hair.

Greitens denied the abuse allegations.


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