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McCloskey and his wife Patricia gained national media attention in the summer of 2020 when videos surfaced of the couple standing outside their St. Louis, Missouri, home holding an AR-15 and a handgun respectively as Black Lives Matter protesters marched through their suburban neighborhood.
McCloskey says the rot in the Big Apple is no worse than issues he’s facing at home.
“[The murder rate in St. Louis] is 20 times the murder rate of New York City,” McCloskey claimed, insisting the stunning statistic is at the heart of his bid for U.S. Senate.
McCloskey blames much of his beloved city’s crime problems on prosecutors “failing to prosecute big swaths of the law.”
McCoskey also criticized St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner for placing select police officers on an “exclusion list.”
“There is a group of police officers whose arrests she won’t prosecute because she believes that they have previously said racist things on Facebook,” McCloskey said.
The candidate for federal office sees a path to making cities across the country safer if elected in November.
“Obviously the big cities run on federal dollars, and so there are ways you can control their behavior either directly or indirectly,” McCloskey said.
McCloskey faces a crowded Republican primary on August 2 where his opponents include several federal and state officials, as well as former us-regions Governor Eric Greitens, who resigned in 2018 amid a sexual misconduct scandal and allegations of misuse of a charity donor list.
About 10 people claiming affiliation with Black Lives Matter demonstrated outside the Metropolitan Republican Club on Thursday night in protest of McCloskey’s appearance at the club, but neither he nor Reilly believe the alleged burglary to be connected to those activists in any way.