Having been an established Antifa supporter, a man who condoned rioting, and hypocrite concerning public confrontations, it was no surprise when CNN host Chris “Fredo” Cuomo spent over 13 minutes siding with the St. Louis mob that threatened Mark and Patty McCloskey, telling Mark and his attorney that he’s “a face of white resistance to” Black Lives Matter.
Instead of showing concern, Cuomo dismissed their right to feel safe in their homes, stand their ground when threatened by trespassers, and hilariously wondered whether it was necessary to brandish weapons since, in the end, the mob didn’t storm their house.
Cuomo apparently didn’t make the connection that brandishing guns would deter people from following through on their threats, but what do any of us know. Thankfully, McCloskey and attorney Albert Watkins demolished this clown.
Things got off to a rousing start with Cuomo asking McCloskey: “How do you feel about becoming the face of political resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement?”
McCloskey understandably was incensed by this smear, calling it “a completely ridiculous statement” and explaining himself before Cuomo showed his stupidity on weapons acting as deterrents to certain things (read: violence) from happening (click “expand”):
MCCLOSKEY: I am not the face of anything opposing the Black Lives Matters movement. I was a person scared for my life who was protecting my wife, my home, my heart, my livelihood, I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn't care what color they were. I didn't care what their motivation was. I was frightened. I was assaulted and I was in imminent fear they would run me over, kill me, burn my house and you have to listen to context in St. Louis where in June 2nd of this year, I watched the city burn, I watched the 7-11 get smashed in, looted, and burned for 40 minutes on live television with nobody showing up to do anything. And I realized at that time, we're on our own. When bad things happen, they unpredictably turn real bad, real fast. That same night, retired St. Louis police captain David Doran was murdered. These things get very bad very quickly. When those people came through the gate, when it was a mob, I didn't take the time to see their birth certificates or anything else, I was defending my — my house, my life, my wife and what I spent 32 years building there.
CUOMO: I understand what you said your rationale was. To be clear, did anything happen to you or your property?
MCCLOSKEY: Did anything happen? Yeah. My — my — my life has been ruined. I’ve been target —
CUOMO: No, no, no we'll get to that, Mr. McCloskey, I don't mean to cut you off, but I'm saying that night, did anything happen to you, your family and your property?
MCCLOSKEY: Yeah, it's called social intimidation. It’s terrorism. Chris, what’s the definition of terrorism? To use violence and intimidation to frighten the public. That’s what was happening that night. That's what happened to me and that's the damage I suffered.
CUOMO: You were the one pointing a loaded weapon at a group of people who were walking past, looking for the mayor's house as a point of protest.
MCCLOSKEY [TO WATKINS]: No, I’m doing this. [TO CUOMO] Chris, that's an entirely false concept. No single media outlet has ever mentioned the complete falsity of that statement. The mayor's house cannot be reached through my neighborhood. Lyda Krewson lives up on a road called Lake and Washington. That's three blocks north and a half a mile west of my house. To get —
CUOMO: So where do you think they were going?
MCCLOSKEY: — they were going through a private neighborhood for the intention of going through a private neighborhood, in my humble opinion, in retrospect, at the time I didn't have time to think about this. However, the leader of the entity called Expect US, that organized this, whatever it was, announced ahead of time that he does not want to have a peaceful protest. He wants to have it be as disruptive as possible and when interviewed subsequently, he said, I know it was illegal. I know it was a private neighborhood, but when you’re doing protests of this nature, it's necessary to break the law to get your ends met and that’s — that's what was happening. Of course, I didn't know any of that at the time, all I knew was that hundreds of people screaming, shouting, angry, broke through the private gate. Everything inside that gate is private property.
MCCLOSKEY: Any pretense of protest as opposed to terrorism ended when they broke through that gate.
CUOMO: Terrorism is a strong word, counselor, don't you think?
Cuomo would only concede that the mob broke through their gate, but no further as he reiterated his disgust with the behavior of Mark and his wife because the mob was merely “angry” and “yelling” but no worse than that. McCloskey fired back that he was “absolutely wrong...because they were coming at us until I displayed the weapon and that stopped them.”
Later, Watkins jumped in, noting how Americans should listen to the message of Black Lives Matter, but the “constitutional rights of each and every citizen in this land that can’t be compromised without recognizing that the message of Black Lives Matter will cease to have any meaning at all because, without it, we have anarchy.”
In response, Cuomo expressed confusion and stated he wasn’t sure what Watkins was talking about.
After trying to make the interview about President Trump sharing a video of the incident and falsely claiming it was deleted (mixing it up with the “white power” video), McCloskey informed Cuomo that, amidst the shouting, he “was reluctant to come on your show.”
Needless to say, whatever concerns McCloskey had were not ameliorated (click “expand”):
MCCLOSKEY: I was reluctant to come on your show for — for a similar reason. But let me say this you said it was protesting police brutality. That's absolutely inaccurate. The announced purpose for this event was to ask the Mayor Lyda Krewson, whose own husband was murdered in her driveway in that same house years ago, in front of her and her kids, okay? That's how undangerous these things are. The alleged purpose of this event was to ask her to resign for doxxing protesters,
MCCLOSKEY: — who are — but guess what, have I been doxxed? Have those have been people walking down my street screaming death threats and threatening to burn my house and kill my dogs and what rooms in my house they were going to live in after they killed me, do you think them then distributing my information all over the western hemisphere is different than what they're asking the mayor to resign for doing? This hypocrisy is just obvious nonsense.
CUOMO: Look. Again,
MCCLOSKEY: They have —
CUOMO: — again, Mr. McCloskey, I don't like that you have been weaponized for political means. I'm not saying that you weren't within your rights to do what you were doing. That will be judged by the system. That's not why I'm having you on the show as I said at the top and you said I didn't want to come on the show. Listen, I think I'm fair. I'm not going to use you as a pawn to advance my own agenda like the show you just went on, which is where somebody wants people to see Black Lives Matter as inimical to the American cause. I don’t make those kinds of judgments for people. The guy who walked past your house on a looping piece of video had hands up, don't shoot on this. The stated purpose of this demonstration and that's all we can go on is that they didn't like that the mayor outed or as you say doxxed people who were for defunding the police. And now you can like that or not like that. But you have been used and politically weaponized as a face of white resistance to that movement and that's why I asked you that, not because that's how you see yourself. But that's how you’re being seen. I wanted to give you a chance with counsel to respond to that. I don't see —
WATKINS: I — I —
CUOMO: — I don’t see —
WATKINS: — I will respond to that.
CUOMO: — you can see that as an unfair question.
MCCLOSKEY: Guy stands in front of me, pulls out two loaded pistol magazines, snaps them together in front of my face and says, you're next, okay? If you were there, Chris, I think you'd feel like you had a right to defend yourself, as well.
CUOMO: Absolutely. Somebody takes out magazines or ammunition and clicks it and makes a direct threat to, I would feel threatened 100 percent.
MCCLOSKEY: And that's what happened to me.
CUOMO: And look, I know you are going through a process with this.
Watkins again jumped in moments later and reiterated that the McCloskey’s support BLM, but what they won’t accept the idea of BLM being “a license to rape, rob, pillage, bowl over all of our rights.”
Cuomo kept circling the drain, dismissing the threat to the McCloskey’s and told Mark he’s an “image of white resistance to this movement and I'm not saying that was fair to you, but we know that's why [Trump retweeted] it because that's why he deleted it.”
Without missing a beat, McCloskey schooled Cuomo: “I’m glad you are a mind reader because no one else thinks you are.”
Only in closing and having been smacked did Cuomo admit that he had gotten the tweets wrong.
To review, Cuomo doesn’t like it when someone confronts him in public with his family, but when it happens to a private citizen and they exercise their Second Amendment rights? He doesn’t give a damn.