Freshman Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) lashed out at St. Louis-area attorney Mark McCloskey on Wednesday after he was pardoned by Gov. Mike Parsons for his misdemeanor conviction over an incident last summer in which he and wife Patricia McCloskey defended their home with firearms against a BLM mob.
In an interview with CNN’s “New Day,” Bush called the pardon “absolutely unbelievable,” adding that there are other pardons Parsons, a Republican, ought to be issuing and warned that Mark McCloskey’s “day will come.”
“It is absolutely unbelievable. There are pardons that we have been asking for, pardons that actually should happen in Missouri, and that was not one,” Bush said, stating her opinion.
“That was not one. They stood there. They pointed their guns totally reckless to a group of non-violent protesters walking down a street that had no clue that they lived there, didn’t care that they lived there, didn’t know them, didn’t want to know them, didn’t want to know them,” she added.
In fact, reports at the time noted that the McCloskeys live in a private, locked, gated community and that Black Lives Matter protesters who were on their way to protest in front of then-Mayor Lyda Krewson’s residence actually broke in, which many observers at the time said amounted to a textbook case of trespassing. However, no BLM demonstrators were arrested or cited.
The McCloskeys were, however, despite the fact that they told police they were in fear of their lives and that some in the crowd were acting in a manner that led the couple to believe their lives and property were in danger. St. Louis Kim Gardner filed charges against the McCloskeys, though she and her entire staffer were later removed from the case by a St. Louis County judge for politicizing and attempting to fundraise off of it.
Gardner is also in trouble for alleged misconduct in her handling of former Missouri GOP Gov. Eric Greitens’ case. Greitens, a former Navy SEAL who is running for retiring GOP Sen. Roy Blunt’s seat, as is Mark McCloskey, resigned in 2018 over fallout regarding an extramarital affair he had shortly before he won office in 2016.
A finding by the Missouri Chief Disciplinary Counsel said there is probable cause to believe Gardner is “guilty of professional misconduct” for allegedly falsifying facts and hiding evidence during her prosecution of Greitens, court documents revealed in early May.
As for Bush, she went on to issue a veiled threat regarding Mark McCloskey.
“Mark McCloskey is an absolute liar. He has spat on my name, and because of that, his day will come,” she said without elaborating.
“You will not be successful in all that you’re trying to do when you are hurting the very people that are out trying to save lives. Nothing good comes from that. He can try it. But I will not stand by and allow him or our governor to hurt the very people that are doing the work that they should be doing,” she added, again without elaboration.
Parsons pardoned both McCloskeys after they pleaded guilty earlier this year to misdemeanors related to defending their home.
“It’s a correction of something that should have never happened in the first place,” Mark McCloskey said after the pardon, which was issued July 30.
Shortly after the incident, Parsons joined then-President Donald Trump in July 2020 to voice support for their right to defend their property.
The McCloskeys “had every right to protect their property,” he told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch newspaper.
He went on to note that as a former member of the Missouri House, he helped write and co-sponsor the state’s so-called Castle Doctrine, or ‘stand your ground’ law, which authorizes homeowners to defend themselves and even shoot intruders without being prosecuted if they feel their lives and property are being endangered.
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