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The St. Louis couple who went viral for protecting their home from protesters will reportedly support President Trump at next week’s Republican National Convention and

Patricia and Mark McCloskey will make an appearance during the virtual convention Republican Party officials told the Washington Post.

Trump said at the time of the controversy, “They were going to be beaten up badly if they were lucky. OK? If they were lucky.”

They were going to be beaten up badly, and the house was going to be totally ransacked and probably burned down like they tried to burn down churches,” the president added.

“These people were standing there, never used it, and they were legal, the weapons,” Trump said. “And now I understand somebody local they want to prosecute these people. It’s a disgrace.”

Mark McCloskey the homeowner who went viral for defending his St. Louis mansion also went on Tucker Carlson’s show to give his side of the story.

Fox News host Tucker Carlson: Mark McCloskey joins us tonight. Mark, thanks much for coming on. So before I ask you about how you feel about this to reimagine public safety you been subjected to, tell us specifically what happens when the police visited your home recently.

Mark McCloskey: Well, you know, the police were really very professional and very nice. The cops that came out to issue the search warrant on us, they were almost apologetic. They didn’t want to have to be there. They were doing their job. Patty wanted to take a picture to document it and she asked if they wouldn’t mind facing away from the camera so that people wouldn’t get mad at them if their faces were shown on TV. They all did so. The unfortunate are stuck between a circuit attorney that wants to prosecute us in their own belief that we did absolutely nothing wrong.

McCloskey: Well, you know, my attorney advised me not to be on the show tonight because the rumor is that we are going to be indicted shortly. Having said that, this is the same circuit attorney that released 35 of the protesters that torched and looted in downtown St. Louis but now she wants to indict me. I didn’t shoot anybody. I just held my ground, protecting my house, and I’m sitting here on television tonight instead of dead or putting out the smoldering embers of my home.

The St. Louis couple who emerged from their mansion in a gated community and aimed weapons at protesters marching past them last month were each charged Monday with one felony count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Lawyers Mark McCloskey, 61, and Patricia McCloskey, 63, have said they were merely defending their home on a private street in an upscale neighborhood from a crowd that was marching to Mayor Lyda Krewson’s house to protest racial injustice. Video and photographs showing Mark McCloskey wielding a rifle and Patricia McCloskey aiming a pistol at the marchers created a firestorm of controversy between those who felt the couple was legally defending their home and those who felt they were menacing peaceful protesters.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner, who filed the charges against the McCloskeys, did not order the couple to surrender or be arrested. Instead, as part of Gardner’s reformist approach to reducing incarceration for low-level crimes, she issued summonses and said she would consider them for a diversion program, which would enable the charge to be dismissed if counseling or another remedial course were completed. The charge carries a possible penalty from probation to four years in prison.

Mark McCloskey appeared on Fox News Monday night and said, “It’s a totally upside-down world. The prosecutor apparently thinks her job isn’t to keep us safe from criminals, but to keep the criminals safe from us. … We’re not going to apologize for doing what’s right.”

He said the protests over racial injustice are “a concerted effort to destroy our way of life. To change the fundamental social contract, do away with capitalist democracy and replace it with mob rule.”

The McCloskeys’ attorney Joel J. Schwartz called the charges “disheartening, as I unequivocally believe no crime was committed.” Schwartz said the McCloskeys “support the First Amendment right of every citizen to have their voice and opinion heard. This right, however, must be balanced with the Second Amendment and Missouri law, which entitle each of us to protect our home and family from potential threats.”

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