Former Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens — one of three candidates vying for the Republican nomination in the state’s heated Senate race — recently called out one of his opponents for ties to the far left, claiming he’s the only true “MAGA fighter” in the race.
As the Aug. 2 date for Missouri’s Republican primary quickly approaches, Greitens and his top GOP contender, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, have been trading blows at an increasing rate. After it was revealed that Schmitt had a connection with a leftist who called for then-President Trump’s assassination in 2017, Greitens pounced.
“There’s some really bright contrast in this race,” Greitens said in an interview.
“My opponents, like Vicky Hartzler, like Eric Schmitt, have all said that they are supporting Mitch McConnell,” Greitens said. “I was the first guy in the country to say that when I am elected to the United States Senate, I am voting against Mitch McConnell because we need new America First leadership, and I think that’s really what this comes down to.”
Greitens also claimed his opponents were “disgusting RINOs,” and called out Schmitt for his connection to former State Sen. Maria Chappelle-Nadal, a radical leftist who called for the assassination of Trump in 2017.
In an interview, Chappelle-Nadal said that she and Schmitt “worked very well together” during their time in the Missouri State Senate. The leftist also shared a picture of herself and Schmitt, with the caption “7 years ago today. We are still moving mountains.”
Greitens also asserted that while he had called on Chappelle-Nadal to resign after her Trump assassination comment in 2017, Schmitt had made no such statement. The former governor went on to claim that Schmitt and Chappelle-Nadal remain close to this day.
“Eric Schmitt continues to be one of her friends. He obviously has to answer for himself,” Greitens said. “I mean, I find it despicable that an elected official, that Nadal, would say something and not resign. I called for her to resign when I was governor, and I think anybody who still associates with her should seriously consider disavowing her.”
“But that’s the kind of differences in this race, the really bright contrast,” Greitens added.