The ad is Greitens outside a home with a team of others are dressed in tactical gear and whispers: “RINO feeds on corruption and marked with stripes of cowardice.”
Tactical team then breaks down the door, blows up smoke bombs inside and rushes inside. with their weapons drawn.
“Join the MAGA team. Get RINO’s hunting permit.” – Greitens saysstanding inside an apparently empty house surrounded by smoke. “No bag limits, no tag limits, and they don’t expire – until we save our country.”
The announcement was posted Monday morning before various social media accounts held by Greitens and his Senate campaign.
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The video was removed from facebook”for a violation of our policy against violence and incitement,” Facebook spokesman Andy Stone said, but the video remained on Twitter and youtube like of early Monday morning.
About four hours after Greitens posted video, twitter posted warning label over tweet stating that he “violated Twitter’s rules regarding offensive behavior”. However, Twitter has left video up with a message stating that the company “has decided that it can be in in public interest for tweet to remain accessible”. Representative for YouTube did not respond to a request for comment.
The announcement comes in the background of the flow of political violence and threats against public officials, and general environment of vitriol inside conservative circles between those who believe former unsubstantiated claims by President Donald Trump that the 2020 election was rigged and those in Republican Party who spoke out against these claims.
Washington Post last year tracked how election organizers in at least 17 states received threats of violence in months after January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol, often lit directly according to Trump’s comments.
On Sunday, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) shared that his wife got a letter in mail threatening to execute him familyincluding their 5 month old baby. kinzinger one of 10 Republicans who broken with them party last year and voted to impeach Trump, and has since been criticized as “RINO” by Trump and his allies.
kinzinger also drawn vitriol from Republican voters and members of his own party for Existence one of two GOP deputies who will serve on House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Affair attack.
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“There is violence in in the future, I’ll tell you,” Kinzinger said. on “This Week” on ABC on Sunday talking about death the threats he and others received. “And until we get a grip on speaking people in truth we cannot expect anything else.”
Greitens campaign ad also comes after a fight of high-profile mass shootings, including at the Buffalo grocery store store on May 14, where 10 people were killed and in Uvalde, Texas, where 19 children and two teachers were killed at Robb’s elementary school. on May 24th. Both shootings sparked protests across the country. against gun violence and sparked some two way conversations in Congress about gun safety legislation.
The advertisement was quickly criticized by those who warned that Greitens’ video might lead to real-world violence.
“It’s sociopathic” tweeted Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas). – You will kill someone.
Democratic National Committee Chairman Jamie Harrison called the video “radical… extreme… unbalanced.” Former Congressman Joe Walsh who left Republican Party over his criticism of Trump said he wasn’t surprised by the ad and called out those in Republican Party who still supported Trump.
“To every Republican today who thinks of criticizing this ad: You can’t criticize this and yet support Trump, Walsh tweeted. “There is no difference between Eric Greitens and Donald Trump. In fact your cowardly embrace of Trump directly led to Greitens, and [Marjorie Taylor] Green and [Lauren] Bobert and…
Others have indicated out own history of violence. Greitens, A. former Navy SEAL was accused by ex-wife of domestic violence, including physical violence against children. He denied these accusations.
Greitens resigned as governor of Missouri in 2018 in shame after romance with a former hairdresser who included charges of insults and blackmail. He launched his campaign for Senate last year after Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) announced that he will retire at the end of his term.
Representatives for The GOP, National Republican Senatorial Committee and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) did not respond to requests for comment.
Christiano Lima and Rosalind Helderman contributed to this report.