St. Louis attorney Mark McCloskey, who along with his wife, Patricia, faces felony weapons charges for pointing guns at racial justice protestors last June outside their mansion, last night announced his candidacy to fill the Missouri senate seat currently held by retiring Republican Roy Blount.
Video of the couple aiming weapons at protestors who were marching past their home went viral last June. Mark McCloskey was seen with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle, which he was holding on the wrong side of his body, and Patricia McCloskey appears to have her right index finger on the trigger of a small caliber handgun.
A St. Louis grand jury indicted the couple in October on felony charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence. Their trial is set for Nov. 1.
Since the incident Mark McCloskey has been embraced by the Republican Party. He’s appeared on numerous cable news shows, almost exclusively on Fox, to defend his actions and was given a prime time slot to address the 2020 Republican National Convention in August.
The 64-year-old personal injury lawyer made his announcement Tuesday evening on Tucker Carlson’s show and declared that his run for the Senate is inspired by God and what he sees as the need “to stand up now and take this country back.” He didn’t elaborate on exactly where he wants to take the country back to.
“God came knocking on my door disguised as an angry mob,” McCloskey said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” “If we don’t stand up now and take this country back, it’s going away.”
“As I campaigned for [Donald Trump], and we’ve continued to do rallies and events supporting our constitutional rights, what I’ve learned is that the people are sick and tired of cancel culture – and the poison of critical race theory and the big lie of systemic racism.”
“If we don’t stand up now and take this country back, it’s going away. We used to talk about the erosion of our civil liberties… [S]ince [the Biden] administration took over there has been the wholesale slaughter of our civil liberties and institution of what can’t be called anything but socialism.”
He also posted campaign debut video on Twitter in which he declares that “when the angry mob came to destroy my house and kill my family, I took a stand against them,” which is a flat out lie. There is absolutely zero evidence that the people walking past his house protesting the murder of George Floyd ever menaced McCloskey, his wife or their home.
An angry mob marched to destroy my home and kill my family, I took a stand to defend them.
I am a proven fighter against the mob
When the mob comes to destroy our home, our state, our nation— I’ll defend it
I will NEVER BACK DOWN
— Mark McCloskey (@mccloskeyusa) May 19, 2021