Patricia and Mark McCloskey have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor charges after they came out of their home during a Black Lives Matter march to point guns at the protesters, the Associated Press reported.
The protesters were marching to the mayor of St. Louis' home when they walked by the McCloskey home. The couple came out with guns and aimed them at the crowd.
"Patricia McCloskey pleaded guilty to misdemeanor harassment and was fined $2,000. Her husband, Mark McCloskey, pleaded guilty to misdemeanor fourth-degree assault and was fined $750," said the report.
The couple also promised that they would forfeit their weapons.
Mark McCloskey announced in May that he was running for the U.S. Senate, saying that his home was targeted and attacked by Black Lives Matter last summer, which was declared untrue by fact-checkers. McCloskey also made it seem like he was a farmer, posing in a field with tractors behind him. He's actually a trial lawyer.
Florida GOP insists typo is to blame after facing brutal backlash for labeling Jewish Democrat an anti-Semite
In a very strange excuse this week, Florida Republican Party Executive Director Helen Aguirre Ferré claimed there was a "typo" to blame for her accusation that all 2022 Democrats in her state were anti-Semitic, Politico reported.
"While @GovRonDeSantis works on policies and signs legislation in support of Florida's Jewish communities, Pelosi calls an anti semitic, @CharlieCrist, a valued leader. Crist, @valdemings & @NikkiFried won't stand up to Pelosi doing nothing to defend Florida's Jewish community," (sic) the now-deleted tweet said.
In the video attacking Pelosi, Democratic Agriculture Commissioner Nikki Fried, who is Jewish. It also specifically calls out Charlie Crist, who has overwhelming support from pro-Israel groups.
"It was a total mistake, human error," claimed Florida GOP spokesperson Alia Faraj-Johnson. She claimed she meant to say that Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) was anti-Semitic, not Fried or Crist. It's unclear how the Republicans accidentally typed Nikki Fried and Charlie Crist instead of Ilhan Omar. The names don't appear to feature similar letters.
"It picked up the wrong name at the wrong place," the spokesperson said.
It was Ferré who called it a "typo."
"That was a typo that was corrected and glad to know Fried is paying attention to us," she said. "Are Nikki, Charlie and Val going to denounce Ilhan Omar anytime soon?"
Omar doesn't represent Florida, but Republicans frequently demand that Democrats publically declare support or opposition to other Democrats. Republicans, however, don't provide the same denunciations when GOP officials like Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) cited a Jewish space laser as the cause of wildfires in California. Greene also announced that the 2018 mass shooting in Parkland Florida was a "false flag planned shooting." There is not one mention of Greene on the Florida GOP's website, certainly no one denouncing her attacks on Parkland citizens.
Republican Elise Stefanik is creating turmoil inside the National Endowment for Democracy with her election lies: report
A taxpayer-funded organization is facing criticism for retaining Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as a board member despite her voting to overturn the election results hours after January 6th insurrection.
Politico reported Thursday that Stefanik's position on the National Endowment for Democracy's board has "rankled" not only foreign policy scholars and some former NED board members, but some fellow Republicans as well.
"After the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, some staffers at NED circulated a letter internally raising concerns about her position on the board, according to four people familiar with the matter," the publication reported.
Former House Majority Leader Dick Gephardt (D-MO), also a former NED board member, worried Stefanik's role was undermining the organization's mission.
"How is it consistent for someone like her to be on the board of NED given its mission for promoting democracy all over the world and in America with the view that she and many Republicans have for changing our election processes to make it harder for people to participate in our democracy?" Gephardt wondered.
Max Boot, a senior fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations and Washington Post columnist, blasted the organization.
"It's kind of like the Catholic Church appointing a self-described atheist as a cardinal," Boot explained. "Elise Stefanik is part of the threat to American democracy. It's a travesty that she's on the board of an institution whose goal is to promote democracy."
National Endowment for Democracy chairman Kenneth Wollack defended Stefanik's role despite her anti-democracy activism.
"The Endowment is a congressionally funded and authorized organization and, as such, has relied on, and benefitted from broad bipartisan support," Wollack said in a statement. "This support is even more remarkable given our country's polarized political environment. We do not have litmus tests on views expressed by individual Board members."
The National Endowment for Democracy has a budget of $300 million a year.
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