Who are Eric Greitens' ex-wives? Missouri GOP Senate candidate slammed for ad on hunting 'RINOS'
Senate candidate Eric Greitens was seen in a video urging his supporters to "hunt" people who do not support former President Trump. In a new 38-second gun-wielding ad posted on Twitter, the Missouri Republican says, "I'm Eric Greitens, Navy Seal and today we're going RINO hunting." He adds, "A RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice."
"We are sick and tired of the Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left. Order your RINO Hunting Permit today!" Greitens captioned the video. Greitens and an armed military squad are seen in the ad breaking into a home and firing several rounds of shots. "Join the MAGA crew and get a RINO hunting permit," Greitens says. "There's no bagging limit, no tagging limit and it doesn't expire 'til we save our country."
This is not the first time Greitens is in the midst of a controversy over guns. During his run for governor back in 2016, he released an ad where he was seen firing off rounds of an automatic Gatling gun. He went on to win that campaign and serve as Missouri's governor for two years. He later resigned after being accused of sexual assault and campaign finance violations. His hairstylist accused him of sexually assaulting her, including forcing her to perform oral sex. He allegedly threatened to release a nude photo of her if she told anyone about the incident.
We are sick and tired of the Republicans in Name Only surrendering to Joe Biden & the radical Left.— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) June 20, 2022
Order your RINO Hunting Permit today! pic.twitter.com/XLMdJnAzSK
Greitens, 48, is the frontrunner of 20 vying for the GOP nomination on August 2 after GOP Sen Roy Blunt retires. The Navy Seal and former Democrat was a Rhodes Scholar and has a PhD from Oxford University. He worked as a humanitarian volunteer and documentary photographer in nations across the globe.
Greitens' first married Rebecca Wright in 2000 but their marriage ended in divorce in 2003. From 2011 to 2020, he was married to Sheena Chestnut Greitens. The pair share two sons.
Who are Eric Greitens' ex-wives?
Greitens married Rebecca Wright in October 2000. A little over two years later, the two divorced while living in California.
Greitens married Sheena Chestnut Greitens in 2011. Born on born November 23, 1982, Sheena is an American political scientist who is an associate professor in the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin. She was First Lady of Missouri from 2017 to 2018.
Sheena, who was raised in Spokane, Washington, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Stanford University, a Master of Philosophy from St Antony's College, Oxford as a Marshall Scholar, and a PhD from Harvard University. Her father is a doctor who specializes in the treatment of sleep disorders, while her mother is an oncologist.
Sheena is involved in research that focuses mainly on East Asia, American national security, authoritarian politics, and foreign policy. She is a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Brookings Institution. She is known for having written op-eds on foreign relations and national security topics for RealClearPolitics, Foreign Policy, War on the Rocks, Foreign Affairs, The National Interest, The Washington Post, The New York Times, among others.
Sheena and Greitens announced their plan to end their marriage in April 2020. In a sworn affidavit this year, Sheena accused him of physical abuse "such as cuffing our then-3-year-old son across the face at the dinner table" during their marriage. She also said that "steps were taken to limit his access to firearms" due to the abuse. Greitens retained a criminal defense attorney, Tim Parlator, following these allegations.
In December 2016, Sheena was robbed at gunpoint at a St Louis-area coffee shop and was unharmed. Three suspects were arrested shortly after. At the time, Greitens said that he was glad "the men and women of law enforcement found these young men before I did." Missouri State Highway Patrol Captain John Hotz said the patrol would start providing security for Sheena, following the incident.
"This man should be imprisoned"
Greitens recent video has been widely criticized on social. While Facebook has removed his ad, it is still available on Twitter, with the warning, "This Tweet violated the Twitter Rules about abusive behavior. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."
"Eric Greitens' lack of concern for the safety and well-being of traditional and moderate Republicans is reprehensible. Should any person engage in "RINO Hunting", Greitens should be criminally prosecuted for soliciting the criminal conduct. Words have meaning and consequences," one user wrote on Twitter. "Eric Greitens' campaign ad talking about "rino hunting" is explict incitement of violence and murder. This man should be imprisoned," wrote another. One user said, "Missouri GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens posted a campaign ad on Twitter showing himself holding a rifle & threatening RINO Republicans. Greitens violated Twitter's rules. His account should be indefinitely suspended."
Eric Greitens' lack of concern for the safety and well-being of traditional and moderate Republicans is reprehensible— ThinkJoMice 🇺🇦 (@ThinkJoMice) June 20, 2022
Should any person engage in "RINO Hunting", Greitens should be criminally prosecuted for soliciting the criminal conduct
Words have meaning and consequences https://t.co/81daYlQMBz
Eric Greitens' campaign ad talking about "rino hunting" is explict incitement of violence and murder. This man should be imprisoned.— Dr. DaShanne Stokes (@DaShanneStokes) June 21, 2022
Missouri GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens posted a campaign ad on Twitter showing himself holding a rifle & threatening RINO Republicans.— Charles Campisi (@1813Doncarlo) June 20, 2022
Greitens violated Twitter's rules.
His account should be indefinitely suspended.
"And, no, Eric Greitens isn’t mentally ill. He an abuser, a deviant, a bully, a misogynist, an extremist, a danger to democracy, a toxic blight on humanity, a threat to to anyone who disagrees with him, and a corrupt and power-hungry politician. Those are all personal choices," wrote one user, while another said, "Eric Greitens is implicitly calling for the execution of political opponents. He must not be allowed to become a U.S. Senator."
And, no, Eric Greitens isn’t mentally ill. He an abuser, a deviant, a bully, a misogynist, an extremist, a danger to democracy, a toxic blight on humanity, a threat to to anyone who disagrees with him, and a corrupt and power-hungry politician.— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) June 20, 2022
Those are all personal choices.
Eric Greitens is implicitly calling for the execution of political opponents. He must not be allowed to become a U.S. Senator.— Santiago Mayer (@santiagomayer_) June 20, 2022
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