Trump to Step In & Help St. Louis McCloskey Couple as Gun Charges Loom
2A patriots defended their property as Black Lives Matter mob descended on their home
President Donald Trump is reportedly planning to "get involved" in the case concerning the McCloskey couple, who brandished firearms to defend their property when Black Lives Matter mobs descended on their St. Louis home last month.
The news comes just one day after Mark McCloskey predicted that he and his wife would be "indicted shortly."
President Trump is reportedly looking into the case and will be "taking action" to help the couple, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) revealed Tuesday, the Washington Post reported.
Gov. Parson finally offered his own defense of the Second Amendment patriots, saying the couple had "every right to protect their property."
The governor has now reportedly discussed the matter with Trump during a phone call Tuesday afternoon.
"The president said that he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation and he would be taking action to do that," Parson said.
Parson told reporters he has also spoken with U.S. Attorney General William P. Barr on the matter, according to The Washington Times.
The phone call came amid reports that St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, a Democrat, may file charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both of them lawyers in their 60s.
The couple wielded guns on June 28 as protesters broke into their gated community and marched by their house on the way to the home of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.
A police report said the couple heard a loud commotion and saw a large group of people break an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs.
Video showed protesters walking through the gate and it was unclear when it was damaged.
The widely viewed video showed Mark McCloskey wielding a long-barreled gun and Patricia McCloskey standing next to him waving a handgun.
The actions of the couple have drawn scorn and ridicule from some, praise and support from others.
Gardner’s spokeswoman said Tuesday that the case is still under investigation and no charges have been filed, though authorities executed a search warrant at the mansion late last week.
Parson, a Republican and a staunch Trump supporter, is also a former sheriff and state representative who co-authored Missouri’s “castle doctrine” law that justifies the use of deadly force when protecting one’s home.
Parson said he told Trump that it’s difficult to remove an elected official from office in Missouri, though he didn’t say if Trump had asked if Gardner could be removed.
“I think the president didn’t like what he was seeing, and the way people are being treated,” Parson said.
“I think you’ll see some sort of actions.”
It’s unclear what either Trump or Barr could do, but Parson said he expects that both “are going to take a look at it.”
Gardner’s spokeswoman, Allison Hawk, said she was unaware of Parson’s comments and declined immediate comment.
Gardner became St. Louis‘ first-ever black circuit attorney when she took office after winning election in 2016.
Her 3 ½ years in office have drawn strong support from the Black community, especially for reform efforts aimed at reducing incarceration and stopping the prosecution of low-level crimes such as marijuana possession.
But she’s also drawn scorn from others, accusing her of being weak on crime and motivated by politics.
In 2018, Gardner charged then-Gov. Eric Greitens with felony invasion of privacy for allegedly taking a compromising photo of a woman during an extra-marital affair.
Greitens, a Republican, denied the allegation and the charge was eventually dropped, but he resigned in June that year.
St. Louis annually ranks among the nation’s deadliest cities, and 2020 is on pace for one of its deadliest years ever.
Parson is planning a special session to address violent crime in St. Louis and Kansas City, and he said Gardner should be focused on crime, too, not the McCloskeys.
“That couple had every right to protect their property,” Parson said.
Trump “understands the situation in Missouri, he 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,” Parson said.
"The president said he would do everything he could within his powers to help with this situation, that he would be taking action to do that,” Parson said.
"I’m thankful that he’s getting involved in the situation, I’m thankful that he’s going to stand up for people on their legal rights and we’re going to move forward in this state."