Combative Chris Cuomo gets trounced by St. Louis man who defended his home against BLM with AR-15

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One would be hard-pressed to find an interview that exposed more left-wing bias at CNN than what was seen Tuesday night when Chris Cuomo interviewed the St. Louis man who, along with his wife, kept a Black Lives Matter mob at bay with weapons.

After totally politicizing the story, Cuomo got on his high horse and accused Fox News’ Tucker Carlson of doing just that. The CNN anchor also vehemently defended the BLM mob that his guest, Mark McCloskey, said was “screaming death threats at me and threatening to burn my house and kill my dog.”

“How do you feel about becoming the face of political resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement?” Cuomo asked right out of the gate.

“First of all, that’s a completely ridiculous statement,” McCloskey said. “I’m not the face of anything opposing to Black Lives Matters movement. I was a person scared for my life, protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood, I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn’t care what color they were. I didn’t care what their motivation was. I was frightened. I was assaulted and I was in imminent fear they would run me over, kill me.”

Referencing the riots in St. Louis last month, McCloskey added, “I realized at that time we’re on our own, when bad things happen they unpredictably turn real bad real fast.”

Running interference for the mob, Cuomo asked his guest if anything happened to him or his property?

“Yeah, it’s called social intimidation, terrorism,” McCloskey said, after noting his life has been ruined in the aftermath. “What is the definition of terrorism, to use violence and intimidation, that’s what happened to me. That’s the damage I suffered.”

Cuomo shamelessly characterized the mob as some random group of people out for an evening stroll.

“You were the one pointing a loaded weapon at a group of people who were walking past, looking for the mayor’s house as a point of protest,” the CNN anchor countered.

McCloskey quickly shot back that Cuomo’s assessment was “an entirely false concept,” adding that no one in the media has reported that the mayor’s house can’t be reached through his private neighborhood.

(A video of that night showed the mob marching down a public thoroughfare and a large contingency veering off to crash through a gate leading to McCloskey’s home.)

Cuomo took exception to McCloskey using the term “terrorism” to describe the actions of the mob, and even took a cheap shot at him for having his lawyer present during the interview.

He bizarrely suggested that since nothing happened to the family, no harm was done, adding that the mob did not go onto his property. When McCloskey explained it was because they were standing there with weapons, Cuomo asked him to produce video proving the protesters — who were trespassing on private property — were coming at him.

McCloskey’s attorney, Albert Watkins, chimed in to first say that America needs to listen to what Black Lives Matter is trying to say — a theme he repeated ad nauseam — and then to stress than there is a second issue at play.

That being the constitutional right to protect themselves and their property.

Having already declared the McCloskeys guilty of some hideous crime, Cuomo shot back, “How does that justify what happened here!”

If you were unsure whether journalism has died in America, that moment serves as the death knell.

Cuomo asked again and again why President Trump shared a tweet on the incident, clearly politicizing what took place while being disrespectful to the attorney.

McCloskey, who stated that he was “reluctant” to even come on Cuomo’s show, and his counsel refused to take the bait. He also pointed out the hypocrisy of protesters being upset at the mayor for doxxing citizens, only to turn around and do the same thing to him.


(Source: CNN)

The exchange took a further step into bizarre-land when Cuomo began talking out of both sides of his mouth, presenting himself as a fair hand.

“I don’t like that you have been weaponized for political means,” he said. “I’m not saying that you weren’t within your rights to do what you were doing. That will be judged by the system.

“Listen, I think I’m fair,” the CNN anchor added. “I’m not going to use you as a pawn to advance my own agenda like the show you just went on — which is where someone wants people to see Black Lives Matter as inimical to the American people.”

(McCloskey appeared on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight” prior to this spot.)

Explaining his earlier emphasis on Trump, Cuomo then said, “You have been used and politically weaponized as a face of white resistance to that movement.”

Watkins responded by first stating that the BLM movement has a “noble message,” before adding it doesn’t give them “a license to rape, rob, pillage — bowl over all of our rights.”

Given the last word, McCloskey dropped a bombshell of sorts: “A guy stands in front of me, pulls out two loaded pistol magazines, snaps them in front of my face and says, ‘You’re next.’ If you were there, Chris, I think you’d feel like you had a right to defend yourself, as well.”

The interview with Fox News was different in that host Tucker Carlson deferred to the inherent right we all have to protect themselves and their property over running interference for the Black Lines Matter mob.

Watch below to see the difference for yourself, as Carlson’s stated objective was to allow McCloskey to “tell your own story.”


(Source: Fox News)

“When I saw that mob come through the gate with their rage and their anger, I thought that we would be overrun in a second,” he explained. “By the time I was out there with my rifle, the people were 20 or 30 feet from my front wall… I was literally afraid that within seconds they would surmount the wall and come into the house, kill us, burn the house down and everything that I had worked for and struggled for the last 32 years.”

McCloskey rejected the notion that he is racist.

“To call us racist is ridiculous and it had nothing to do with race,” he said. “I wasn’t worried what the race was of the mob that came through my gate, I was worried that I was going to be killed. I didn’t care what race they were.”

Tom Tillison

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The longest-tenured writer at BizPac Review, Tom grew up in Maryland before moving to Central Florida as a young teen. It is in the Sunshine State that he honed both his passion for politics and his writing skills.
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