‘Conservative warrior’ Missouri candidate fires machine gun in bizarre ad (VIDEO)
An ex-Navy SEAL seeking to become the next governor of Missouri is turning heads with yet another odd campaign commercial, this time showing him firing a six-barreled machine gun over a lake.
After almost 10 years serving with the US special forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, Eric Greitens is vowing to herald in a “conservative revolution” in the Show Me State.
The 42-year-old took a significant step towards his goal on Tuesday, when he sealed victory in the Republican gubernatorial primary.
While the success of a relative political outsider might have grabbed the headlines, it’s his gun-toting military style ads that have garnered mixed reactions over social media in recent days.
The Obama Political Machine is spending $1 million in false attack ads to try and defeat us. Stand with us Tuesday!https://t.co/d135IhnNM3— Eric Greitens (@EricGreitens) July 31, 2016
An advertisement posted on the politician’s official Twitter page on Sunday branded Greiten a “conservative warrior” who is “under attack from Obama’s Democrat machine.”
Featuring voiceover work perhaps normally reserved for a Hollywood blockbuster, the campaign promo shows Greitens fixing a bullet belt to a Gatling-type firearm before firing it over a body of water.
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It suggests that Greitens is ready to “fight back” against liberals, explaining how the St. Louis native will set his sights on corrupt politics, create jobs, protect life and defend the right to bear arms.
The video is the source of ridicule on social media, with some people labelling the Republican nominee an embarrassment in need of “psychological help.”
@EricGreitens there are times when I'm embarrassed to be from MO...this is one of those times— Tim George (@MrTim237) August 2, 2016
@EricGreitens with everything going on with guns right now, you run a tasteless ad with a fully automatic weapon. #mogov— MommaK (@Lautergeist) August 1, 2016
@EricGreitens get psychological help— Justin (@_JGR) August 1, 2016
@calebsaysthings@EricGreitens this is the most "Missouri" thing I've ever seen— Emily Cassimatis (@em_cass) July 31, 2016
But not everyone believes the advertisement to be “tasteless,” as evidenced by Greitens’ success in the primary election.
@EricGreitens good luck from #CO More states deserve a #governor who understands #theheartandthefist— Brad McCloud (@McCloudOutLoud) August 1, 2016
@EricGreitens vote this man as the next Governor of the great state of Missouri— Shawn Davenport (@Dav77red) August 2, 2016
It follows a similar advert in which Greitens was seen blowing up “politics as usual” with an assault rifle.