Missouri couple who waved guns at BLM protesters to speak at RNC

The Trump campaign said the white couple will endorse the president for reelection.

Mark and Patricia McCloskey (Screenshot from viral video)

After being seen on video waving their guns at Black Lives Matter demonstrators, Mark and Patricia McCloskey are scheduled to participate in the 2020 Republican National Convention. 

The Trump campaign said the white couple will endorse the president for reelection during their appearance in the virtual Republican Convention.

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The St. Louis, Missouri residents went viral in July after being recorded pointing their guns at demonstrators who stopped in front of their home. Since going viral for their gun-wielding stance, the McCloskeys have been praised by conservatives.

The standoff between the couple and demonstrators transpired after they marched into the gated community to call for the resignation of St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson.

According to BBC News, the activists were angered after the mayor read the names and addresses of people advocating to defund the police on her Facebook Live broadcast.

The march that led to the couple wielding their guns was one of many nationwide demonstrations following the police killing of George Floyd.

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Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner launched a probe into the couple, which led to both Mark and Patricia McCloskey being charged with felonies for unlawful use of a weapon. However, Missouri’s Republican Governor, Mike Parson, has vowed to pardon them. 

The McCloskey’s are also both lawyers and contest they were within their rights to wield their guns at the protestors because they felt threatened, reported BBC News.

The couple’s lawyer, Albert Watkins, told the New York Times Mark McCloskey will be speaking at the RNC, while Patricia McCloskey will be at his side.

The convention is scheduled to take place virtually, starting on August 24.

This news comes after the 2020 Democratic National Convention began virtually on Monday with speeches from former first lady Michelle Obama, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, and more.

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