On the 28th of June, a large group of protesters planned on walking to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson. They planned on demanding her resignation. As the demonstrators walked, a middle aged white couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey aimed a pistol and an assault rifle at them and later went viral for their extreme reaction.
While the couple has largely been mocked on the left, they’ve become celebrities on the right. Donald Trump even invited them to speak at the Republican National Convention. During a recent interview with Eric Bolling, Mark McCloskey said he would have “had to” kill one protester if he came any closer to his home.
McCloskey told the Conservative host:
“One of the people that was wearing body armor and was intentionally being menacing was getting closer and closer up the stairs towards us. And I leaned over to Patti and [said], ‘Look, if that guy moves any closer, I’m going to have to kill him.’ And I took the safety off the rifle, and I was ready to do it. But she said, ‘You’re not killing anybody today,’ and I didn’t. No shots were fired. It had the desired effect. The crowd stayed at bay. Nobody got hurt. Nothing got broken except the gate.”
Video of the incident shows that the McCloskey’s were clearly the aggressors in the incident. Patricia McCloskey, in particular, walked towards the demonstrators with her finger on her pistol’s trigger.
Watch a clip of the interview below:
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