GOP Ad for Missouri Governor Features Candidate Blasting Away With a Machine Gun

Missouri Republican gubernatorial candidate Eric Greitens has run a new campaign ad, featuring him firing a high-power machine gun, and it bears an eerie resemblance to Islamic State propaganda videos.

“This is not a positive direction for the country to go,” Cenk Uygur, host of "The Young Turks," said after watching the ad. “Not just because it’s so painfully stupid that you can’t believe this guy’s actually running... [and] that our country’s devolved to this. But also because of the violent imagery."

Greitens, like the majority of Republicans, is anti-choice and in favor of "gun rights." In the spot, Greitens fires a Gatling-style machine gun into a lake ... and that's pretty much it. 

"I'm pro-life," Uygur said, mercilessly mocking Greitens. "I would kill anything in my path, but I'm pro-life."

“It’s become Idiocracy—literally, like firing a machine gun and being like, ‘You know why you should vote for me?'” Uygur said, imitating the gunfire sound used in the commercial.

Another group that uses weapons in videos to persuade viewers to join its cause? The Islamic State, as Uygur compared. “We look at them and go, ‘Look at these monsters, and they’re so proudly firing their weapons and they’re savages,'” Uygur mused. “And then a guy running for ... governor will run similar ads and then we go, ‘Oh that’s our guy, that’s our maniac.'”

Greitens, a former Navy Seal, won the Missouri Republican primary for governor in Missouri Wednesday. So apparently, the joke's on us.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card


Thanks for your support!

Did you enjoy AlterNet this year? Join us! We're offering AlterNet ad-free for 15% off - just $2 per week. From now until March 15th.