Trump’s endorsement of ‘Eric’ causes confusion in Missouri Senate race

The deliberately confusing endorsement of former President Donald Trump on the eve of the Republican Senate primary in Missouri resulted in numerous candidates seeking his support, including a former governor accused of abusing his wife, children and mistress.

on Monday evening, that he trusts that “the great people of Missouri, on this one, make their own decisions, just as they did when they gave me landslide victories in the 2016 and 2020 elections, and I am therefore proud to announce that ERIC is my full and total approval!”

Tuesday’s Senate primary election in Missouri has two Erics leading the polls, currently State Attorney General Eric Schmitt and ex-Governor Eric Greitens. (A third Eric, Eric McElroy, is but is a longshot candidate.) claimed shortly after the statement went out, it said it was an honor to receive his support. The two they both spoke to Trump on the phone and thanked him for his support. When asked to clarify the announcement, a Trump spokesperson said:.”

Greitens resigned as governor in 2018 after a woman testified under oath that he tied her up in his basement, stripped her, took pictures of her, threatened to use those pictures as blackmail when they discussed their extramarital affair, and then forced her into oral sex. He was also embroiled in scandals involving donor lists and alleged campaign finance violations.

In addition, documents submitted this spring show Greitens’ ex-wife claimed she had proof revealing that he had abused her and their children as the two battled for custody. Eric and Sheena Greitens both testified in a personal statement last week.

In the affidavitSheena Greitens said her husband threatened suicide if she did not support him politically and said he would use his power to arrest her so she would lose custody of the children. The case could be moved to Texas, where Sheena Greitens now works as a professor. The former governor has claimed his ex-wife’s claims are part of a conspiracy orchestrated by Senate leader Mitch McConnell and GOP agent Karl Rove. Advertisements in the race have hammered Eric Greitens on his past, as well as .

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens speaks with reporters in Jefferson City, Missouri, Feb. 22, 2022. Greitens is running for election to the United States Senate.  (David A. Lieb/AP)

Former Missouri Governor Eric Greitens speaks with reporters in Jefferson City, Missouri, Feb. 22, 2022. Greitens is running for election to the United States Senate. (David A. Lieb/AP)

Greitens is not the first candidate with ties to alleged domestic violence that Trump has supported this cycle. In the Pennsylvania Senate race, Trump had originally backed Sean Parnell, who dropped out last fall after a judge found in a custody hearing that he “‘ to his wife. (Trump later backed Dr. Mehmet Oz, who narrowly won the May primary.) In the Georgia Senate election, Trump backed Herschel Walker, who has allegedly threatened women in the past. .

Schmitt, the current race leader, has been state attorney general since 2019 and quickly activated Missouri’s “trigger law” on abortion after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade in June. The state now has a total ban on abortion except in the case of a medical emergency.

“My office has effectively ended abortion in Missouri and is the first state in the country to do so after the Court’s ruling,” Schmitt said in a statement dated June 24. “My office has fought to uphold the sanctity of life since I became Attorney General, culminating in the landmark court ruling and the Attorney General’s opinion. I will continue the fight to protect all life, born and unborn.”

Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Eric Schmitt speaks with supporters at Scott County GOP headquarters on July 30, 2022 in Sikeston, Missouri.  (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Missouri Attorney General and Republican Senate candidate Eric Schmitt speaks with supporters at Scott County GOP headquarters on July 30, 2022 in Sikeston, Missouri. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Other Republicans in the race include Rep. Vicky Hartzler, Rep. Billy Long and lawyer who became a prominent figure in conservative politics after he and his wife were photographed in the summer of 2020 pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters.

The Democratic primary is contested between Lucas Kunce, a lawyer and former Marine who runs a populist antitrust campaign, and Trudy Busch Valentine, an heiress to the Anheuser-Busch beer fortune. John Wood, an independent candidate who served as an investigator on Jan. 6 and has the backing of former Republican Senator John Danforth, to also qualify for the November vote. The unbiased Cook Political Report currently rates the race as Solid Republican, but a Greitens win could put the seat in the game.

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