PRESIDENT Donald Trump slammed an “egregious abuse of power” by St Louis’ top prosecutor after the couple who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protesters were charged.
Trump said it’s “absolutely absurd what is happening to the McCloskeys,” according to White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
At her briefing on Tuesday, she said the president believes Kim Gardner is abusing her power as circuit attorney in the Missouri city.
“There have been many cases brought to her attention of violent rioters that she’s failed to charge,” McEnany said.
“But instead she’s charging the individuals who were defending themselves from violent protesters.
“You have 300 to 500 protesters who stormed the gates, tore down the gates, and trespassed on their property,” she continued.
On June 28, Mark McCloskey, 61, and wife Patricia McCloskey, 63, were seen outside their mansion in St Louis pointing a semi-automatic rifle and smaller semi-automatic handgun at demonstrators.
The McCloskeys brandished their weapons as protesters marched past their mansion, toward the home of Mayor Lyda Krewson, which was located nearby.
Protesters marched onto a private street where the McCloskey’s $1.15million home sits.
A police report said the couple heard a commotion and saw people break an iron gate marked with “No Trespassing” and “Private Street” signs.
A protest leader, the Reverend Darryl Gray, said the gate was open and protesters didn’t damage it.
After the incident, Gardner said she was “alarmed” at what happened at the McCloskeys' residence.
She added that “any attempt to chill (the right to peacefully protest) through intimidation or threat of deadly force will not be tolerated.”
McEnany on Tuesday said: “You have Patricia McCloskey who said that they were telling her they were going to kill them, these protesters, at the moment they were waving their guns to protect themselves.
She said Patricia said the protesters were “going to come in here” and “burn down the house.”
“‘They were going to be living in our house after I was dead and they were pointing to different rooms of the house saying, ‘That’s going to be my bedroom,’” McEnany said Patricia said.
The press secretary said the couple “ were completely within their right. And it’s an egregious abuse of power on the part of the McCloskeys.”
Both Mark and Patricia were charged on Monday with felony unlawful use of a weapon.
The white couple, who are in their early 60s and are both lawyers, were not arrested but were issued summons to appear in court.
Their first hearing is scheduled for August 31.
On Monday night, Mark questioned to Fox News host Tucker Carlson why he and his wife were charged, but the protesters weren’t.
“It’s a bizarre, upside-down world,” Mark said.
McEnany agreed during an appearance on Fox & Friends on Tuesday.
“Yes, he’s exactly right, this is an egregious abuse of power, is how the president described it by the prosecutor, to make this decision,” she said, calling the charges “politically-motivated nonsense.”
Missouri Republican Attorney General Eric Schmitt filed a brief asking that the charges be dismissed under the state’s “castle doctrine,” which allows homeowners to protect their property with deadly force if necessary.
Republican Governor Mike Parson has said he will likely pardon the couple.
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