GOP candidate Eric Greitens DEFENDS ‘RINO hunting’ advert and says video of him storming home with shotgun alongside tactical team was ‘clearly a metaphor’ after outrage at campaign video
- U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens, 48, said his controversial ‘RINO hunting’ ad was ‘clearly a metaphor’ as he shrugged off the backlash
- The campaign ad showed the Missouri Republican armed with a military squad breaking into a home and firing shot after shot
- They were hunting for RINOs, Republicans In Name Only, as Greitens urged GOP voters to back Donald Trump’s MAGA candidates
- The video faced quick backlash from political opponents as it was deleted from Facebook and flagged by Twitter over the violations of ‘abusive behavior’
U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens doubled down on his ‘RINO hunting’ ad, depicting him storming a home while firing shots, saying it was ‘clearly a metaphor.’
Greitens, 48, faced swift backlash following a campaign ad that showed him and an armed military squad breaking into a home and firing round after round of gunshots hunting for RINOs, Republicans In Name Only.
‘Every normal person around the state of Missouri saw that it’s clearly a metaphor,’ Greitens told KCMO Talk Radio on Tuesday.
‘It’s entertaining to see the outrage from the RINO and liberal snowflakes around the country and around the state.’
U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens (pictured) said his controversial ‘RINO hunting’ ad was ‘clearly a metaphor’ as he shrugged off the backlash
Greitens urged his supporters to ‘hunt’ those who don’t support former President Trump is a new gun-wielding ad that was taken down by Facebook and flagged by Twitter
‘Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting permit,’ Greitens says
Greitens, who previously resigned in disgrace as the governor of Missouri amid sexual assault and blackmail allegations, posted a 38-second campaign clip to Twitter.
‘I’m Eric Greitens, Navy Seal and today we’re going RINO hunting,’ he said. ‘A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice.’
‘We are sick and tired of the Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left. Order your RINO Hunting Permit today!’ he captioned the new clip.
‘Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting permit,’ Greitens says. ‘There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit and it doesn’t expire ’til we save our country.’ Trump has not endorsed Greitens or waded into the Missouri race at all so far.
The Greitens campaign could not be reached for comment, but the ad generated much pushback on social media.
Facebook removed it from the platform and Twitter put a warning on it that reads: ‘This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.’
Greitens claimed that only RINOs were angered by his campaign ad, and said they would have always targeted him no matter what kind of ad his team made.
‘They joined the forces with the left and with the mainstream media to come out and attack us,’ he said about the backlash.
The Missouri Republican posted the new 38-second clip to Twitter. ‘I’m Eric Greitens, Navy Seal and today we’re going RINO hunting,’ he said.
‘A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of corruption’
Greitens is the frontrunner of 20 vying for the GOP nomination on August 2 upon the upcoming retirement of GOP Sen. Roy Blunt
Greitens opponents in the August 2 primary, Republican Reps. 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 kill those who have differing political beliefs,’ the group said in a statement.
Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, also slammed the ad and said that any broadcast network that agrees to air it should be referred to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).
‘This is sociopathic. You’re going to get someone killed,’ Castro tweeted.
Firing guns in political ads is nothing new for Greitens. In 2016 during his run for governor, he released an ad of himself firing off rounds of an automatic Gatling gun.
Greitens won that campaign and served as Missouri’s governor for two years before resigning amid allegations of sexual assault and campaign finance violations.
Sheena Greitens (above) has accused her ex-husband of spousal and child abuse
Greitens’ mugshot from 2018 when he was indicted on an invasion of privacy charge
His ex-wife has accused him of spousal and child abuse. Sheena Greitens recently requested records from the governor’s office proving that Greitens has had his access to firearms limited numerous times – she said that her ex-husband repeatedly threatened to commit suicide unless she showed ‘specific public political support’ in 2018 as he weathered multiple scandals.
As a result, she and others limited his access to firearms at least three times that year.
Greitens resigned the governorship after being indicted in 2018 over claims he sexually and physically assaulted his hairdresser in 2015 – and used nude photographs taken of her to keep her quiet. She also claims that he tied her up in a basement and coerced her to have sex with him.
Greitens admitted to having an extramarital affair with his hairdresser and said their encounters were consensual.
He also faced felony charges for using a veterans charity list to raise campaign cash.
Greitens has claimed his ex-wife’s attacks are politically motivated and that she has conspired with Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Karl Rove to keep him out of power. He is seeking full custody of his children.