Mark McCloskey, the St. Louis man who spent last summer pointing guns at peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors, is running for U.S. Senate. The republican, who referred to the gun-toting incident as a “wake up call,” claimed he was only pointing the weapons at citizens to protect his family from an “angry mob.”
Mr. McCloskey, who plans to run in 2022, made his announcement on Tucker Carlson’s entertainment show on Fox News yesterday. He hopes to represent the state of Missouri.
McCloskey noted he was inspired to run for office by disgraced twice-impeached former President Donald Trump, who still has a chokehold on today’s modern GOP. Mr. McCloskey’s website, McCloskey for Missouri, has already begun taking campaign donations.
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Mr. McCloskey further explained his intentions on twitter, with a post that read, [when] “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.”
Mr. McCloskey did not mention how he plans to defend Missouri, and if that defense will involve using his rifle again.
Following the incident in which Mr. McCloskey, an attorney, and his wife, also an attorney, brandished weapons at the peaceful marching crowd, both were indicted for a felony by a Missouri grand jury. Mr. McCloskey held an AR15 gun in front of his million dollar home, while Mrs. McCloskey held a pistol with her finger on the trigger.
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Nine Black Lives Matters protestors were initially charged with misdemeanor trespassing from the incident. However, all nine persons had their charges dropped by the St. Louis city counselor’s office.
Mr. McCloskey has since become a darling of the Republican Party, even speaking at the 2020 Republican National Convention. Both Mr. and Mrs. McCloskey also took part in a Jackson County, Missouri, GOP fundraising campaign.
Mr. McCloskey joins a wide-open field of Senate hopefuls following Missouri Republican Senator Roy Blunt’s announcement that he will retire.