Rep. Cori Bush rips pardon of gun-toting Missouri couple

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Rep. Cori Bush rips pardon of gun-toting Missouri couple

Progressive Democratic Rep. Cori Bush of Missouri is expressing her outrage after the governor pardoned the couple who brandished firearms at Black Lives Matter protesters marching past their St. Louis home during last summer’s riots — calling the move “absolutely unbelievable.”

“It was absolutely unbelievable,” Bush, who was among the marchers, told CNN on Wednesday, a day after Republican Gov. Mike Parson announced that he pardoned Mark and Patricia McCloskey.

Mark had pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and Patricia pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment. The couple had been initially indicted on felony charges.

“They pointed their guns totally recklessly to a group of non-violent protesters walking down a street that had no clue that they lived there,” the 45-year-old member of “The Squad” said.

“[They] didn’t care that they lived there, didn’t know them, and didn’t want to know them,” she continued.

Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis.
Patricia McCloskey, left, and her husband Mark McCloskey leave a court in St. Louis.
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“Mark McCloskey is an absolute liar. He has spat on my name. And because of that, his day will come. You will not be successful in all that you’re trying to do, when you are hurting the very people that are out trying to save lives,” Bush said.

“He can try it, but I will not stand by and allow him or our governor to hurt the very people that are doing the work that they should be doing,” the visibly angry pol added.

The McCloskeys, both in their 60s, said they felt threatened during the June 2020 demonstrations, one of countless similar marches across the country in response to George Floyd’s death — a number of which turned into riots.

They also said the protesters were illegally marching in a Central West End gated community.

Mark, who has capitalized on his ensuing notoriety and will run for US Senate as a Republican, came out of his home with a rifle, while Patricia waved a semiautomatic pistol, according to court records.

Cori Bush on CNN
“[They] didn’t care that they lived there, didn’t know them, and didn’t want to know them,” Cori Bush said.
CNN

The couple did not fire their weapons, and no one was hurt, but the widespread attention from the viral confrontation turned the lawyers into instant villains — and heroes to some.

A special investigator ruled that the protesters who the McCloskeys confronted were peaceful.

The couple has remained unapologetic.

“I’d do it again,” Mark previously said outside court. “Any time the mob approaches me, I’ll do what I can to put them in imminent threat of physical injury because that’s what kept them from destroying my house and my family.”

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