Eric Greitens could be the next U.S. Senator from Missouri. On the way there, he may be one of the most extreme candidates we’ve seen yet, putting out ad after ad that seems to encourage his supporters to engage in physical violence against other voters. Now a longtime friend is trying an intervention of sorts, begging Greitens to drop out of the race, and to stop what he’s doing before someone dies because of it.
When Greitens sold “RINO hunting permits” to promote his campaign, he wasn’t inviting his voters to join him on a safari and target large beasts — a “RINO” is a term that some Republicans use to label others, with whom they disagree on issues, as “Republican in name only.” In other words, his campaign is pushing the idea of “hunting” humans — politicians or voters — with whom one doesn’t fully align.
This invitation was accompanied by a video of Greitens busting into what appears to be a private residence with his firearm, declaring, “There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit, and it doesn’t expire.”
Now a longtime friend, and fellow politician, Ken Harbaugh, is calling on Greitens to get some help and drop out of the race.
I have known @EricGreitens for 30 years. He is a broken man, who will do anything, including inciting violence, to regain power. He’s not the same person whose weddings I went to. Eric, drop out. Try to repair the damage you have done, to your family, your country, and yourself. pic.twitter.com/TA8DxzzSOF
— Ken Harbaugh (@Team_Harbaugh) July 6, 2022
Harbaugh describes taking out a loan to donate to Greitens’ gubernatorial campaign, only to be horrified at the progression of his friends’ politics. Speaking of Greitens’ description of Republcians who don’t believe the 2020 election was stolen as “RINOs” who should be “hunted,” Harbaugh says, “That’s my mom, Eric.”
“Your call to hunt down Republicans who disagree with you? That’s my mom, Eric. Just because she doesn’t think the election was stolen, and let’s be honest, you don’t either, it’s not a reason to threaten her. She was one of the few people to reach out when you were forced to resign as Governor.”
You can see the full “RINO hunting” ad below, via KMIZ ABC 17 News.
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