Couple Who Waved Guns at St. Louis Protesters Speak at RNC

Mark and Patricia McCloskey delivered strong endorsements of President Donald Trump on night one of the Republican National Convention on Monday. The couple — who made headlines for waving guns at Black Lives Matter protesters passing through their St. Louis neighborhood — were each charged last month with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon for the incident. 

“What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country. And that’s what we want to speak to you about tonight,” Patricia said on Monday. 

“It seems as if Democrats no longer view the government’s job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens. Not a single person in the out-of-control mob outside our house was charged with a crime. But you know who was? We were. They’ve actually charged us with felonies for daring to defend our home,” Mark continued. 

Mark went on, calling activist, pastor and registered nurse Cori Bush “the Marxist liberal activist leading the mob to our neighborhood.” “Just weeks later, that same Marxist activist won the Democrat nomination to hold a seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the city of St. Louis, that’s the same as winning the general election. That Marxist revolutionary is now going to be the congresswoman from the first district of Missouri. These radicals are not content with marching in the streets,” he claimed. “They want to take over.” 

On Aug. 4, Bush defeated 10-term incumbent William Lacy Clay in the 2020 U.S. House of Representatives primary election, advancing to the November general election in the solidly Democratic congressional district. If elected, Bush — who was featured in the Netflix documentary Knock Down the House — will be the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives from Missouri.

Patricia continued her and Mark’s address, claiming that Democrats want to abolish the suburbs — a line of attack Trump has been making against Joe Biden. “No matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats’ America,” she claimed. 

“If you stand up for yourself,” Mark said, “the mob… will try to destroy you.”

“You’ve seen us on your TV screens and Twitter feeds. You know we’re not the people who will back down. Neither is Donald Trump,” he added. 

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