Missouri Republican Senate candidate and former Navy SEAL Eric Greitens has come under fire from both sides of the aisle over a campaign ad that paints Trump supporters as murderous “RINO” hunters.
“I’m Eric Greitens Navy Seal, and today, we’re going RINO hunting,” he says, referring to ‘Republicans in Name Only’ such as Mitt Romney and Evan McMullin.
“The RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice,” he continues, before a team of militarized police breach an empty room. Greitens then tells people to “join the MAGA crew” and “get a RINO permit.”
“There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.”
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
In other words, “Hello fellow violent MAGAs!”
It didn’t take long for left-leaning websites such as the Drudge Report to jump on it:
Meanwhile, many on the right were appalled at the ad.
“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?” tweeted former NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.
(Also think you should be the one breaching the door in your own ad.)
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) June 20, 2022
Others followed suit on both sides of the aisle:
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
That ad of his sure has the potential to blow up in his face given today's current political climate
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 20, 2022
How is this legal?
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) June 20, 2022