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McCloskeys show up in Kenosha as show of support for Rittenhouse, sound off on media

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St. Louis-area lawyers Mark and Patricia McCloskey, who rose to national fame in 2020 after defending their property with firearms, traveled to Kenosha, Wis., on Monday ahead of an expected verdict this week in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Video clips posted to social media showed the McCloskeys arriving at the courthouse amid protests from demonstrators seeking a guilty verdict in the highly charged trial.

“I feel bad for anybody who gets destroyed in the press for doing no more than protecting themselves and their fellow citizens. There is a cancel culture in this country that destroys the ability to tell the truth, to be honestly portrayed in the press,” Mark McCloskey, who announced his candidacy for retiring U.S. Sen. Roy Blount’s (R-Mo.) seat in May, told reporters.

“That’s why we’re up here, to show that there is a right to defend yourself, there is truth, there is reality, and despite what the mainstream media says, despite what the president of the United States may say, the jury in this trial heard the facts, and we’re hoping that they find Kyle Rittenhouse innocent of all counts,” he continued.

The McCloskeys were forced to defend their property located in a gated community near St. Louis after a large group of Black Lives Matter demonstrators broke down a locked gate. The couple said they were threatened with physical harm and felt as though they needed to stand their ground armed, which is permissible under Missouri law.

They also noted at the time that police failed to show up after they frantically called for help.

“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed towards my home where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear for our lives,” Mark McCloskey said at the time.

“This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets,” McCloskey told KMOV4. “We were told that we would be killed, our home burned and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”

“It was like the storming of the Bastille. The gate came down and a large crowd of angry, aggressive people poured through. I was terrified that we’d be murdered within seconds. Our house would be burned down, our pets would be killed.”

Rittenhouse stands accused of two counts of intentional homicide for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during riots in Kenosha in August 2020 following a police shooting of a black man named Jacob Blake. He is also charged with multiple counts of reckless endangerment and had been charged with being a minor in possession of a firearm, but Judge Bruce Schroeder tossed out that charge on Monday before closing arguments.

The teen, who was 17 years old at the time of the shootings, is claiming he acted in self-defense. Video clips posted online the night of the incidents appear to vindicate him, according to several outside legal experts.

Blake’s uncle was also already on the scene and suggested a racial motive to the shootings.

Jon Dougherty

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