Missouri Gov. Mike Parsons said he spoke with President Trump about the plight of two homeowners who may be facing charges after they defended their home against a rampaging mob.“That couple had every right to protect their property. They had the ability to do that as private citizens, like everyone else. What they should not go through is a prosecutor attempting to take their constitutional rights away by filing charges against them for protecting their property,” Gov. Parson said today.
He said that it is unclear how the process will go and whether or not officers will arrive at his home to arrest him, but he heard that the “ball is in motion.”
“You know, as I just heard, it’s a bizarro world out there,” he said.“The conversation I had with the president said that he would do everything within his power to help with this situation. He would be taking action to do that. I am thankful he is getting involved in this situation. I am thankful that he is going to stand up for people and their legal rights,” the governor said.
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Mark and his wife live in a gated community in St. Louis. They made headlines in June when they confronted protesters they say broke onto their property and threatened to kill them.St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner was quick to condemn the couple and showed little interest in the hundreds of protesters that McCloskey said broke down a fence to enter the private community. The city recently issued a search warrant during its investigation and took their guns, including an AR-15.
Conservatives across the country have called Gardner politically bent in her treatment of the couple.
McCloskey said the “uninformed consensus of everybody other than the circuit attorney is that we did absolutely nothing wrong.”
“I was defending myself, my family and my home from hundreds” of people that “stormed through the gate.”
He called the June 28 incident a “shocking and terrifying” experience. “If they claim that they’re the ones who were threatened, then the world is completely upside down.”
Todd Starnes, the host of the radio show, pointed out that the state has a Republican governor, Mike Parson. Parson told reporters on Tuesday that President Trump spoke to him about the McCloskeys.
“That couple had every right to protect their property. They had the ability to do that as private citizens, like everyone else. What they should not go through is a prosecutor attempting to take their constitutional rights away by filing charges against them for protecting their property,” Parson said, according to Fox 2 News.
Trish Regan, the former Fox Business anchor, told the “Todd Starnes Show” that she is troubled by the McCloskey incident. She pointed to his claim that he called the police and the officers never responded.
“So at what point do you say, ‘OK, I might not be getting any help here. If I dial 911 and I’m being approached and threatened by a group of people, I ought to have the right to defend myself.’ So now, suddenly, the tables are turned and you don’t?” she said.
McCloskey said that in the early days after the incident, he faced hate mail and threatening phone calls, but he said in recent days there has been an “amazing outpour of support from all over the country and all over the world.”