Rep. Cori Bush (D-MO) of St. Louis was busy on August 5, demanding that the government “defund the police” while defending her choice to hire private security with more than $70,000 of her campaign funds. Between that media splash and her last campout on the Capitol steps to demand an unconstitutional extension of the eviction moratorium, she was busy making threatening statements about Mark McCloskey.
McCloskey had just been pardoned on August 5 by Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson and his wife, Patricia McCloskey. The McCloskeys are the St. Louis couple who armed themselves and confronted Black Lives Matter protesters trespassing on their lawn last year.
Before being pardoned, Mark McCloskey had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor assault charge, and Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to a harassment charge. Although the misdemeanor convictions would not usually require the couple to surrender their firearms, they had agreed to forfeit their weapons.
Last year, no shots were fired in the standoff between the McCloskeys and the protesters wandering around on their property. Nine of the protesters were issued citations at the time, although none were later prosecuted. An investigator stated that none of them appeared to be armed, and they did not realize that they had wandered onto private property.
Bush appeared on CNN and called McCloskey an “absolute liar” and said he had “spat” on her name. She said that “his day will come.” She said she “will not stand by and allow him or our governor to hurt” Black Lives Matter protesters. As Bush acted as if she were losing emotional control, the CNN host thanked her for how “very strongly” she felt.
Bush said the McCloskeys pointed their guns “totally recklessly” at protesters who “had no clue” the McCloskeys lived there and “didn’t want to know them.” She also blasted the governor, telling him to “show up” for those who do not follow “your type of politics” that she said hurt black, brown, and LGBTQ communities.