Mark and Patricia McCloskey gave an address this week at the Republican National Convention.
The McCloskeys, you may recall, made headlines back n June for visibly arming themselves outside their home in St. Louis when Black Lives Matter protesters and vandals trespassed on their property.
The McCloskeys, who own a personal injury law firm in the area, have argued all along that they were well within their right to act in the manner they did, both under the U.S. Constitution and Missouri’s Castle Doctrine law.
On Monday night they had a clear message for Trump supporters.
“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 McCloskey said.
Mark added, “Whether it’s the defunding of police, ending cash bail so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again, or encouraging anarchy and chaos on our streets, it seems as if the Democrats no longer view the government’s job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens.”
To that latter point, no one from the BLM protest that day was arrested for threatening the McCloskeys, trespassing on private property, or smashing down an iron gate on the premises.
Everytown for Gun Safety, the Bloomberg-funded gun control organization, was outraged that the Trump administration allowed the McCloskeys to speak at the RNC.
“It comes as no surprise that Trump is giving a national bullhorn to the couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters, given that his administration fired rubber bullets and tear gas at protestors at Lafayette Square,” said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. “But just as that dangerous stunt backfired on him in the court of public opinion, Trump’s embrace of the McCloskeys will repel far more voters than it attracts.”
“Giving these gun-toting clowns who threatened violence against Black Lives Matter protesters a platform is not just an insult to Americans who are fighting for racial justice, it’s also a clear signal to racists and white supremacists whose side President Trump is on,” added Shannon Watts, founder of Moms Demand Action.