CNN anchor Chris Cuomo confronted the Missouri man who pointed his AR-15 at Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend, asking him how he feels to be portrayed by President Trump as “the white resistance” to a social justice movement.
“A guy stands in front of me, pulls out two loaded pistol magazines, snaps them together in front of my face, and says, ‘You’re next.’ If you were there, Chris, I think you’d feel like you had a right to defend yourself, as well,” Mark McCloskey said.
Cuomo agreed and said he asked McCloskey to appear on his program Tuesday to discuss “the broader implications” of the incident, which was captured on video and circulated widely on social media.
Images and videos taken at the scene outside the McCloskey’s residence on Sunday show demonstrators marching through the private, gated community.
The couple is seen holding up their firearms and shouting at the protesters as they passed through. Mark McCloskey told local media the demonstrators threatened to kill him and damage his property.
“A mob of at least 100 smashed through the historic wrought-iron gates of Portland Place, destroying them, rushed toward my home, where my family was having dinner outside and put us in fear of our lives,” McCloskey said. “This is all private property. There are no public sidewalks or public streets. We were told that we would be killed, our home burned, and our dog killed. We were all alone facing an angry mob.”
Kim Gardner, the local prosecutor, is reportedly considering filing charges against the McCloskeys.
“I am alarmed at the events that occurred over the weekend, where peaceful protesters were met by guns and a violent assault,” Gardner said. “We must protect the right to peacefully protest, and any attempt to chill it through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.
Trump retweeted video of the incident, which some have characterized as a racist and violent display from the McCloskeys, who say they support the Black Lives Matter movement.
“To me, it’s not about what’s right and wrong in a court of law, it’s about what we want right and wrong about how we treat each other. That’s why the president tweeted this tweet, you know it … Mr. McCloskey, you know it. He retweeted it because he liked the image of white resistance to this movement, and I’m not saying that was fair to you. But we know that’s why he did it,” Cuomo argued.
“I’m glad you are a mind reader,” McCloskey replied to Cuomo. “Because no one else thinks you are.”
Cuomo argued, “You don’t have to be a mind reader to be able to assess a pattern,” telling McCloskey he could not definitively know the mindset or intention of “the person clapping the magazines.”
“I’m sorry that you were caught in it the way you are,” Cuomo finished. “If it’s not what you intended by all of this, Mr. McCloskey, and I wish you good luck.”
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