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Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St. Louis couple who gained notoriety over the summer after an armed defense of their home against a mob of Black Lives Matter protesters, were verbally harassed by a woman this week as they picked up a batch of Christmas cards.
In a video of the incident posted online, the woman can be heard shouting obscenities at the couple as they emerge from a shop.
Throughout the incident, however, the McCloskeys maintain their composure.
“Abolish the suburbs!” the woman yells. “You are terrorists.”
“Why aren’t you wearing a mask?” a male voice can be heard in the background, likely directed at Patricia McCloskey, who was mask-less.
Every time I see these I wish the handmaidens tale that they reference so much was real. These spoiled girls have never been told no in their lives.
— southsidecards (@southsidecards) September 23, 2020
gets pretty difficuIt to coexist when peopIe become committed to behaving Iike animaIs, no?
— jake 🏹🌲 (@deercaIIingtips) September 23, 2020
If anyone deserves a “deal with it” dropped onto his GIF this week, it’s McCloskey for handing that agitator screaming obscenities that card. pic.twitter.com/AreQDiSVbB
— Koz – Reclaimer of My Time! (@KozwithaK) September 23, 2020
“No mask? You think pointing guns at protesters is nice?” hollers the woman. “It’s fun? You think you’re cool? Abolish the suburbs!”
“F**k you and your guns!” she continues yelling as the couple gets into their vehicle.
At one point, Mark McCloskey gets back out of their SUV, which appears to take the woman by surprise.
“Don’t come near me! Don’t come near me!” she says.
But instead of confronting the woman, Mark McCloskey offers one of the couple’s Christmas cards, which the man accompanying the woman accepts.
“Thank you, Mark,” he responds as McCloskey returns to his vehicle.
As he does, the woman and the man shout obscenities as the McCloskeys begin to leave.
The couple made national news in late June for taking an armed stance outside of their palatial home after a BLM mob broke through a locked gate and stormed into the private community. Reports said the mob was enroute to Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home down the street after she released the names and addresses of people wanting to defund the police department.
The incident occurred after weeks of violent rioting and protests around the country, including in St. Louis itself, following the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
In the days that followed, the McCloskeys would note they made a frantic call to 911 to request police, but when none showed they were forced to rely on Missouri’s “stand your ground” law, which permits armed defense of one’s home of the person feels threatened.
“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets,” Mark McCloskey said. “We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
“One fellow standing right in front of me pulled out two pistol magazines, clicked them together, and said, ‘You’re next,’” McCloskey added. “That was the first death threat we got that night.”
Despite the law, the couple was charged with multiple felonies by St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat whose race was funded in part by a group aligned with left-wing billionaire George Soros.
“It is illegal to wave weapons in a threatening matter at those participating in nonviolent protest, and while we are fortunate this situation did not escalate into deadly force, this type of conduct is unacceptable in St. Louis,” Gardner said in a statement. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation will not be tolerated.”
The charges outraged Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons (R), who — as a state lawmaker — helped write the law which is known as the “castle doctrine.” In an interview a few weeks after the incident, Parson said the couple “had every right to protect their property,” and indicated he would pardon them if they were convicted.
The McCloskeys appeared as speakers at the Republican National Convention, speaking out against BLM-led efforts to defund police departments and leftist prosecutors’ refusal to pursue charges against rioters and looters.
“What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country,” Patricia McCloskey said.
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