Mark and Patricia McCloskey went viral in late June after they stood outside their home with guns while Black Lives Matter protesters came through their neighborhood.
Soon after pictures and videos of the Missouri couple went viral, St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kimberly Gardner, a Democrat, launched an investigation into the couple because they dared to exercise their Second Amendment rights.
Republican Gov. Mike Parson has revealed that President Donald Trump has not only asked him about the case, but the president has also suggested he may personally get involved to help the McCloskey family.
While speaking to reporters, Parson said Trump told him “he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation.”
He later said he was “thankful that [Trump’s] going to stand up for people and their legal rights.”
Parson said that Trump “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.”
“I think the president and the attorney general of the United States are going to take a look at it,” Parson said. “The president doesn’t like what he’s seeing and the way these people are being treated. I know the attorney general was represented on that phone call today, so I think you’ll see some sort of actions. I think they’re going to look into things.”
Parson, a former law enforcement officer, said the McCloskeys were exercising their rights under the doctrine to protect their property when protesters came through their neighborhood.
The governor also took aim at the circuit attorney’s office for considering whether the McCloskeys should be indicted.
“What they should not go through is a prosecutor attempting to take their constitutional rights away by filing charges against them for protecting their property,” he said.
Mark McCloskey told Tucker Carlson that “the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly,” adding, “I didn’t shoot anybody. I just held my ground, protected my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home.”
The couple released a statement soon after the incident gained national attention, affirming their support for the Black Lives Matter movement and emphasizing that most of the protesters were white.
Mark McCloskey told Fox News’s Sean Hannity that he would not be “intimidated” and would not “back down” after police executed a search warrant on his home and police seized his rifle.
Patricia McCloskey said she and her husband faced death threats from protesters and that she heard them talk about how they wanted to take over their home, kill her and her husband, and their dog.
“I don’t want to make it sound like he’s going to come in here and remove somebody from office,” the governor said, “but I’m going to guarantee you the president’s focused on what’s happening here.”
As noted by STL Today, Gardner has accepted serious campaign money from Soros-backed groups.
She was financed by a federally registered campaign committee from Washington called the Safety & Justice Committee. It was established in June and reported $30,000 in initial funds from Soros. No other contributors were listed as of its last public filing June 30.
Last week, Gardner’s campaign disclosed to the Missouri Ethics Commission a $67,693.23 in-kind contribution from the super PAC. The group apparently took in additional money after June 30, since it donated more to Gardner than it had on hand at that time. But any money donated to the PAC after June 30 won’t be made public until its next quarterly report is filed on Oct. 15.
On July 26, Gardner’s campaign reported to the Missouri Ethics Commission a $24,548.37 in-kind donation from the same federal campaign committee, a day after reporting a $25,738.86 contribution from that super PAC. Then on July 29, Gardner reported an additional $72,770.27 from Safety & Justice, bringing the Soros-backed super PAC total contribution to Gardner’s campaign to at least $190,750.73.