Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who brandished guns while confronting Black Lives Matter protesters appeared at Trump campaign event Friday night.
The couple was interviewed by Kimberly Guilfoyle, the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. and former Fox News personality who now hosts a web series for the campaign called Making the Case. Mark McCloskey told Guilfoyle,
“I thought I was going to die.”
“I thought that within seconds we’d be overrun, they’d be in the house, they’d be setting fires, they’d be killing us.”
Patricia insists that they called the police before grabbing the guns, despite police saying they received no calls from the couple’s street at the time of the incident.
Guilfoyle praised Patricia for
“standing by your husband, holding a gun.”
McCloskey told Guilfoyle that
“it’s time that we not just stand behind men. We need to buck up and learn.”
Police executed a search warrant last week and seized Mark McCloskey’s gun. The couple’s former attorney later turned over Patricia McCloskey’s gun.
Guilfoyle asked what they are doing to get the firearms back, and the McCloskeys responded by saying they are
“relying on private security.”
Guilfoyle stressed it is their constitutional right to have guns, saying
“apparently, people are just allowed to burn down people’s homes, or shoot people or kill people.”
The McCloskeys have become right-wing symbols since photos and videos of them with their guns went viral, especially among gun rights activists and Republicans who have sought to portray the GOP as the party of “law and order.”
Missouri Governor Mike Parson said Trump told the governor in a call that he
“understands the situation in St. Louis and how out of control it is for a prosecutor to let violent criminals off and not do their job and try to attack law-abiding citizens.”
The McCloskeys have not been charged but St. Louis police applied for warrants earlier this week.
(via CBS News)