Mark McCloskey files to run for U.S. Senate in Missouri

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Mark McCloskey, one half of a white couple who pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters in St. Louis last year, filed paperwork Tuesday to run for Missouri's Senate seat.

The state of play: In addition to his filing with the Federal Election Commission, McCloskey also launched a campaign website accepting donations for his bid.

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  • "Mark is a Conservative outsider who will bring backbone and guts to the US Senate to continue fighting for President Trump's agenda," his website states.

What he's saying: "When the angry mob came to destroy my house and kill my family, I took a stand against them," McCloskey told the camera in a campaign announcement video aired during an interview with Tucker Carlson on "Tucker Carlson Tonight" Tuesday.

  • "I have always been a Republican but never been a politician. God came knocking on my door disguised as an angry mob. It woke me up," McCloskey told Carlson.

  • He went on to criticize the Biden administration for what he said was "a wholesale slaughter of our civil liberties" while bemoaning "cancel culture," among other complaints.

Flashback: Mark and Patricia McCloskey, both personal injury attorneys, were indicted in October on charges of unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence after they pointed guns at anti-racism protestors from the lawn of the St. Louis mansion last July.

  • Their actions made them popular in some conservative circles and were subsequently invited to speak at the Republican National Convention in August.

  • They are due to stand trial in November

Editor's note: This article has been updated with McLoskey's comment on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."

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