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After releasing a new video encouraging his supporters to go “RINO hunting,” Republican Senate candidate Eric Greitens (R) in Missouri has come under fire.
Tweeted a 38-second video of him breaking into a house while “RINO hunting” in Missouri, where he boasts of his Navy SEAL training.
Corruption and the stripes of cowardice are the defining characteristics of the RINO.” Bagging and tagging are unlimited, and it won’t end until we save our country, he says in the video.
Greitens is surrounded by men dressed in camouflage military uniforms as he shoots a long shotgun. After hurling a flash grenade into an empty house, he exhorted his followers to join the “MAGA crew” and obtain a “RINO hunting permit.”
“We are sick and tired of the Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left,” he wrote in a caption accompanying the video on Monday.
As a conservative and a “outsider,” Greitens was swiftly criticized on social media for making a reference to hunting humans in the video.
By Facebook’s standards, it violated “our policies prohibiting violence and incitement,” according to a Meta spokesperson.
As a result of a violation of Twitter’s rules on abusive behavior, this Tweet has been flagged for removal.” This Tweet will remain accessible, as Twitter has decided that it may be in everyone’s best interest to do so.
“This type of fascist messaging needs to stop,” Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) tweeted in response to the video. “It only stokes the flames of conflict.”
“This is sociopathic,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Texas) wrote on Twitter. “Greitens is going to get someone killed,” he continued.
While speaking to The Hill, Greitens’ press office stated that anyone who did not understand the metaphor was “lying or stupid.”
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With the help of Rebecca Klar. 1:27 p.m. ET | Updated
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