The Internet went wild over the past 24 hours after video and photographs emerged of a barefoot couple in St. Louis who came out of their mansion toting an AR-15 and a handgun, which they appeared to point at Black Lives Matter activists marching during a peaceful protest.
Meet Ken and Karen MAGA.
These are just kids, peaceful protesters and look at how these complete idiots act. Perfect example of why civilians should not own AR-15 assault weapons to protect themselves from these threatening people. Unacceptable. Period. pic.twitter.com/Alt9zApkcl
— We The People Are Pissed Off (@LiddleSavages) June 29, 2020
— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
Not so, says their attorney.
The couple, dubbed Karen and Ken by social media users, are actually attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey, and they believe the “Black Lives Matters movement is here to stay, it is the right message, and it is about time,” according to a statement from their lawyer.
They say their actions were lawful, and “borne solely of fear and apprehension,” which was “not race related.”
“In fact, the agitators responsible for their trepidation were white.”
Read the full statement, posted by KSDK News managing editor Rob Edwards:
JUST IN: St. Louis attorneys Mark and Patricia McCloskey release a statement, through an attorney, saying they support Black Lives Matter and they acted lawfully on their property. The couple, through their attorney, says “the agitators responsible for the trepidation were white” pic.twitter.com/4zebQqSH0y
— Rob Edwards (@RobertDEdwards) June 29, 2020
‘Most people are not wearing masks’ as Trump hosts the ‘largest event since the start of the pandemic’ at the White House
President Donald Trump on Saturday hosted the largest White House event since the start of the coronavirus lockdowns.
As attendees began to gather, the White House press corps posted photos of the event.
While the White House was asking people to wear masks, they were not required to attend the event.
Sign on the South Lawn of the WH for tonight's event: pic.twitter.com/wF6mxrWfLz
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) July 4, 2020
Montana GOP ticket sidelined after exposure to COVID-positive Trump, Jr. girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle: report
The Montana Republican Party is facing a crisis after multiple members of the ticket were potentially exposed to COVID-19.
"Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Kristen Juras, confirmed Saturday they will self-quarantine after Gianforte's wife, Susan, and Juras attended an event last week with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has since tested positive for COVID-19," KBZK-TV reported Saturday.
Gianforte is currently Montana's lone congressional representative. He is not running for reelection as he's running for governor. In June, the Montana GOP nominated State Auditor Matt Rosendale to replace him.
‘Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president’: Ambassador McFaul
President Donald Trump's address at Mount Rushmore was blasted as "un-American" by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.
McFaul retweeted a clip of the leader of the free world failing to pronounce the word, "totalitarianism."
"Trump has no idea what words like fascism and totalitarianism mean," McFaul, now a professor at Stanford, declared.
"To those who wrote this speech and those senior [White House] officials who approved this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president and on the July 4th weekend no less," he explained.