NBC News contributor Hugh Hewitt to Senate candidate Eric Greitens: “You are accused by a witness of half rape”
As Media Matters has noted, Greitens is attempting a political comeback with the assistance of Steve Bannon:
Eric Greitens was elected governor of Missouri in 2016 as a young rising star for Republicans, but was forced to resign two years later following reports of sexual assault, blackmail, and campaign finance violations. (His campaign paid $178,000 in fines for campaign finance violations, but The Missouri Ethics Commission “found no evidence of any wrongdoing” by Greitens himself.) He has spent the last year testing the waters for a comeback -- in recent months, that comeback has been staged on fringe right-wing media platforms, where he pushed the bogus voter fraud conspiracy theories that fueled an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6. When those lies boiled over into violence, he blamed “the left.”
Update (March 24, 5:45 p.m.): Hewitt points out on Twitter that the phrase “half-rape” -- which he used multiple times in this clip while focusing on the political consequences of the quotation existing -- was taken from a report to the Missouri legislature; that report was referenced in the blockquote above.