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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-20 9:53 PM 
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Former Governor of Missouri and GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens released a campaign ad Monday morning that imagines Greitens and tactical gear-clad supporters bursting into a home and “hunting” political opponents.

“I’m Eric Greitens, Navy SEAL,” the gun-toting candidate says in the 38-second ad posted on Twitter . “And today, we’re going RINO hunting.”

The twisted pun refers to RINOs, an acronym that stands for “Republicans in Name Only,” who Greitens accused in his tweet of “surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left.”

The ad then shows Greitens, along with several people wearing camouflage, standing on the porch of a suburban home wielding guns.

“The RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice,” Greitens says, before the group forces the door open and bursts into the home’s living room, guns drawn.

The ad concludes with Greitens encouraging viewers to “join the MAGA crew” and “get a RINO hunting permit,” which “doesn’t expire until we save our country.”

Hours after the ad went up, Twitter added a label stating that it “violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior,” but that the platform “determined it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible.” Meanwhile, Meta opted to remove the ad from Facebook, a spokesperson told CNN.

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From: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon Posted by hostJun-21 9:00 AM 
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Facebook removed the ad, but Twitter has not - they just flagged it with a warning

WASHINGTON (AP)  Facebook on Monday removed a campaign video by Republican Missouri U.S. Senate candidate Eric Greitens that shows him brandishing a shotgun and declaring that he’s hunting RINOs, or Republicans In Name Only.

In the ad, Greitens, a former Missouri governor who resigned in disgrace in 2018, is flanked by a tactical unit outside a home on a tree-lined street as he whispers, “The RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice,” using a term popularized by former President Donald Trump and his allies to deride moderate or establishment Republicans.

The armed tactical team breaks through the front door and throws what appear to be flash-bang grenades inside. Greitens enters an empty living room through the smoke and says: “Join the MAGA crew. Get a RINO hunting permit. There’s no bagging limit, no tagging limit and it doesn’t expire until we save our country.”

Facebook said the video was removed “for violating our policies prohibiting violence and incitement.” Twitter said Greitens’ post violated its rules about abusive behavior but said it was leaving it up because it was in the “public’s interest” for the tweet to be viewable. The company’s move prevented the post from being shared any further.



From: Ed (Ed_S) DelphiPlus Member IconJun-21 9:09 AM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (3 of 7) 
 128505.3 in reply to 128505.1 

There's a lot of stories out there about Greitens, and how then Missouri AG Josh Hawley convinced him to resign rather than be impeached out of office, with Hawley saying the evidence he had was more than sufficient to do that job. So Greitens has no official record on that part of his history. He was never officially charged with anything, and was in fact released on his own recognizance. So here he is today, brandishing a rifle and outright threatening people who aren't "republican" enough for him with death. 

Why the hell isn't he in jail???



From: LB136 DelphiPlus Member IconJun-21 9:09 AM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (4 of 7) 
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Leave it up. It's good campaign fodder for his opponents.

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From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member IconJun-22 6:15 PM 
To: Marci (marcinmin) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (5 of 7) 
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I can't believe we have to speak out and explain why that is so over the line. The GOP is just rabid.

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From: Ed (Ed_S) DelphiPlus Member IconJun-23 8:49 AM 
To: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member Icon  (6 of 7) 
 128505.6 in reply to 128505.5 

But the thing is, the GOP doesn't care one iota about any explanations - they just want to "own the Libs" and their continued yammering is just a piece of their harassment. 

When the tables are turned, the former ersatz tough guys turn into soft li'l snowflakes over the slightest thing. 



From: YWN666 DelphiPlus Member IconJun-25 7:57 AM 
To: Ed (Ed_S) DelphiPlus Member Icon  (7 of 7) 
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Yes, you're right.  A big part of their goal is to be obnoxious and piss off the people they don't like.  It says a lot about their juvenile mentality.

In the fall of 2020, I was with my family at a restaurant having breakfast on a Sunday morning.  Due to Covid restrictions, they set up a tent in the parking lot so we were eating outside.  There was a Trump rally scheduled that day a few towns away and we saw lots of pickup trucks, each with a dozen Trump flags driving by on their way, some of them screaming out obscenities as they passed.  One truck, without any provocation, pulled into the parking lot of the restaurant right next to the tent, started revving his engine to emit clouds of exhaust, all the while leaning on his horn.  Trump taught them well to be bombastic assholes and this was a perfect example.

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