White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Tuesday that President Donald Trump was not happy about the charges filed against Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
“He said it’s absolutely absurd,” McEnany told reporters during a White House press briefing, following reports that the McCloskeys had been charged with a Class E felony — unlawful use of a weapon exhibiting. (RELATED: St. Louis Couple Facing Felony Weapons Charges)
➡️ “The couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, were charged on Monday by the Circuit Attorney’s Office in St. Louis with unlawful use of a weapon, exhibiting. The charge is a Class E felony that carries a possible penalty of up to four years in prison.” https://t.co/PbnrSZj986
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“He said it’s absolutely absurd, what’s happening to the McCloskeys,” McEnany began, adding, “He noted that this was an extreme abuse of power by the prosecutor and noteworthy that the prosecutor — there have been may cases brought to her attention of violent rioters that she’s failed to charge.”
“Instead, she is charging the individuals who are defending themselves from violent protesters,” McEnany continued.
Protesters reportedly broke down a gate and entered the McCloskeys’ private street in order to march to Democratic Mayor Lyda Krewson’s home and demand her resignation. The McCloskeys stood on their own property, each holding a firearm, as they demanded protesters leave them alone.
The McCloskeys have said that the protesters threatened to take over their home and live in it or burn it down entirely, according to McEnany.
Republican Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has called for the charges against the McCloskeys to be dropped, and Republican Missouri Governor Mike Parson has said that he would likely pardon the couple if they were convicted on those charges.