We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

Trumpworld Has No Idea How to Solve a Problem Like Eric Greitens

6 0 45

When Missouri GOP Senate candidate Eric Greitens released an ad that featured him holding a shotgun saying he was going “RINO hunting”—a favored acronym among conservatives for “Republican In Name Only”—Greitens didn’t seem to consider how the ad could backfire.

Liberals, of course, would be up in arms, but that is sort of the point when you’re in a GOP primary in a state Donald Trump won by 15 points.

What Greitens didn’t anticipate, however, was that Trump and his team might also be disturbed—and that an ad with Jan. 6’s violent undertones might be all the more reason for the former president to stay away from endorsing a former governor who had to resign following allegations of sexual assault.

For now, Trumpworld is watching how Greitens handles the controversy with great interest, sources told The Daily Beast.

Although Greitens’ campaign chairwoman and MAGA conduit Kimberly Guilfoyle is “all-in,” according to sources familiar with the matter, Trump’s outspoken son and highly influential Trumpwold kingpin—Donald Trump Jr.—who is engaged to Guilfoyle, has yet to endorse a candidate in the race.

“While Don has made it known that he is a fan of Greitens personally, he basically thinks that the best move for his dad strategically is to just sit back and let the primary unfold without jumping in for anyone,” a source familiar with Don Jr.’s thinking on the primary told The Daily Beast.

“The only thing that would shift his view would be if [Mitch] McConnell decided to intervene in the primary and unload millions against Greitens,” the source added.

McConnell is mostly staying out of it, though he did tell reporters Wednesday that the RINO hunting ad was “something voters in the Missouri Republican primary need to take a look at.”

As for Trump himself, he isn’t too keen on immediately jumping into the fold to support one candidate or another at the moment, one source said.

While sitting out the primary all together is one option, those who have spoken to Trump say the 2024 Republican presidential frontrunner also wants to avoid a repeat of the 2021 Virginia gubernatorial race, when Trump never endorsed, and GOP rising star........

© The Daily Beast

Get it on Google Play