Eric Robert Greitens born April 10, 1974) is an American politician, author, and former Navy SEAL who was the 56th governor of Missouri from January 2017 until his resignation in June 2018 amid allegations of sexual assault and campaign finance impropriety

A Democrat during his early life, Greitens announced in 2015 that he had become a Republican. He ran for governor of Missouri as a Republican in 2016.

On March 22, 2021, Greitens announced his candidacy for the Senate seat being vacated by retiring incumbent Roy Blunt in the 2022 election.

The RINO insult has been around for decades but its use has reached a new level in recent years. Trump uses it to describe any Republican who disagrees with him. Greitens has joined Trump in applying it to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell and that is also his label for his primary rivals. 

In a video posted Monday of a fake no-knock home raid, former Gov. Eric Greitens — flanked by extras in body armor, using flash grenades and carrying firearms — promoted a fundraising program offering a “RINO Hunting Permit” to supporters of his U.S. Senate campaign.

The video drew over 1 million views on Twitter within the first two hours after it was posted, the Greitens campaign said in a fundraising email sent about 11 a.m. Monday.

“The RINO feeds on corruption and is marked by the stripes of cowardice,” Greitens says in the video, which had also been retweeted almost 600 times and drew mainly negative comments from almost 5,000 more Twitter users.

The item being offered appears to be a reworked version of the “ISIS Hunting Permit” Greitens distributed during his 2016 campaign for governor

U.S. Rep. Vicky Hartzler, in her response, alluded to allegations first aired in 2018 that Greitens forced a woman to have sexual relations in his home and then threatened to release nude photos if she talked about it as well as more recent accusations from his ex-wife detailing instances of violent child and spousal abuse.

State Senate President Pro Tem Dave Schatz called the video “completely irresponsible. That’s why I’m running. It is time to restore sanity and reject this nonsense. Missouri deserves better.”