Abuse allegations hanging over Senate race receive little mention at Greitens event in KC • Missouri Independent
When she arrived Monday night to hear from the former governor. Eric Greitens campaigning for the U.S. Senate in downtown Kansas City, Christine Thompson was on the fence.
It wasn’t the child abuse accusations — made in a sworn affidavit by his ex-wife — that got him thinking about Greitens. Nor were they the accusations of sexual assault who contributed to him resign in 2018.
“This trash needs to stay home, not on the air,” Thompson, of Independence, said of the news of The accusations of Sheena Chestnut Greitens.
Instead, Thompson feared Greitens would “go RINO,” or Republican in name only, and resign from office as he did in 2018 if things went wrong. She wanted to see him in person to see if she thought he would “run away” again.
“It’s a personal matter,” she said of the abuse charges, “that he shouldn’t be drugged in the mud.”
Douglas Roach of Lee’s Summit expressed concern about the charges. But he said they weren’t proven and he wasn’t going to let them affect his decision to back Greitens in the Aug. 2 GOP primary.
“What I find interesting is that nobody attacks their politics, just their character,” Roach said, “and when people attack your character and not your politics, I kind of question their motives. “
All evening — an extensive question-and-answer session between conservative Kansas City radio host Pete Mundo and Greitens on inflation, the so-called “deep state,” Republican Senate Leader Mitch McConnell and the RINOs — barely addressed the charges looming over Greitens’ Senate bid.
The only mention of them to the crowd came when Mundo vaguely asked about voter concern over unspecified “accusations” against Greitens.
“What do you want to tell all the grassroots conservative people in the state about these things they see on TV, hear on the radio that people are spending millions of dollars against you?” Mundo asked.
And just as he said on a wide range of issues throughout the evening, Greitens blamed the forces that oppose him. He said the charges were ‘concocted’ in Washington, DC
“It shows how desperate they are,” Greitens said of his political enemies, “but I’ve always trusted the people of Missouri. I still do. And that’s why I’m so convinced that we will win in seven days.
Although he had to leave office in 2018 to avoid impeachment and settle a felony charge, Greitens is considered a Republican primary frontrunner for the seat currently held by Sen. Roy Blunt, a retiring Republican.
“As long as he doesn’t run away again, I think Greitens would be the strong contender,” Thompson said.
His explosive style and promises to fight McConnell and the Republican establishment drew cheers from at least 150 people at an event venue in downtown Kansas City.
That’s what voters polled Monday night said they love about him: his strength and willingness to challenge the Republican Party establishment.
And that’s exactly what Greitens promised on Monday night.
“Are you ready to take over the country? Greitens asked the crowd as he took the stage.
The country, he said, is currently facing a crisis worse than 9/11. He is in crisis not just because of “the left,” Greitens explained, but because the RINOs stabbed voters in the back.
Greitens said he decided to return to politics to fight for the country. He said he feels blessed by everything he’s been through – and even by his enemies.
“I believe I have now been able to see the true nature of the enemy we are facing,” he said.
What Greitens promised voters was a shameless “America First” policy and a complete rejection of the Republican establishment and bipartisan legislation.
“It was an absolute mistake – an absolute mistake – to send… our dollars to defend the Ukrainian border when we’re not defending ours,” Greitens said, drawing cheers from the crowd.
He said he was sickened by the RINOs ready to send American troops into Ukraine.
“Anyone who wants to go die for the Ukrainian border, grab a gun and go,” Greitens said.
A man shouted into the crowd, “You just got my vote.
Throughout the evening, Greitens presented policy proposals straight from former President Donald Trump’s playbook, which he hopes will gain approval. He said he recently spoke to Trump, but declined to characterize the conversation.
“Who would have thought that one day we would live in an America where gas prices are higher than Hunter Biden? said Greitens.
Greitens blamed high gas prices on Biden and decried his decision to kill the Keystone XL pipeline. He offered no strategy to reduce gasoline prices, which have been falling for a few weeks.
He said the US border with Mexico was in crisis and pledged to redouble efforts to get a wall built. He said that with Biden in power, a border wall would not be a priority, but senators can block other necessary policies, like the federal budget.
“What I said and I believe other America First candidates across the country will say is, ‘Do you want a budget? We want a border wall. No border wall, no budget,” he said.
Greitens said he supports Missouri’s Second Amendment Preservation Act — even though he initially criticized it as a RINO effort to “fund the policeand was pushed back by gun rights groups. He said the Founding Fathers included the right to bear arms in the Constitution not to protect them from foreign adversaries, but in case their own government became tyrannical.
He said Americans’ Second Amendment rights would protect them from the kinds of lockdowns Australia has pursued to limit the spread of COVID.
“The purpose of the Second Amendment is for people to be able to protect their freedoms,” Greitens said, “and if you wanted a clearer example of what happened – you see what happened in Australia during COVID? Absolute, absolute tyranny.
Asked how Missouri could attract jobs through means other than lucrative corporate tax credits, he said people want to live somewhere free of violence and with good schools and infrastructure — but not the kind of the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which he incorrectly called the “Green New Deal.”
As he finished his remarks, Greitens said he wanted to offer voters a word of hope.
“I want to tell you my heart is so full,” he said, “because everywhere we go in the state of Missouri, patriots are rising up.”