Politics Trump Retweets Video of White St. Louis Couple Waving Guns at Protesters
Trump vows no ‘Autonomous Zone’ in DC, after protesters cleared
President Trump vowed Tuesday that what happened in Seattle will not take place in the nation's capital, and that no such "autonomous" zone" will be established in D.C. after protesters who attempted to set up such a space were cleared out the night before. © Andrew Harnik The White House is visible behind a statue of President Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Park on June 23, 2020. Protesters had defaced and attempted to tear down the statue. Demonstrators on Monday had blocked off an area that they called the "Black House Autonomous Zone," or "BHAZ.
President Donald Trump retweeted a video of a white couple waving firearms at protesters outside their home Sunday evening, just hours after he retweeted - and later deleted - a post highlighting a "white power" supporter.
Trump offered no context Monday morning as he retweeted ABC News video of a married couple, Mark and Patricia McCloskey, seen touting an assault rifle and a handgun as demonstrators marched toward the St. Louis mayor Lyda Krewson's home. The protesters demanded Krewson's resignation Friday after she read the names and partial addresses of people who were calling for police reform during a Facebook live event.
Donald Trump retweets then deletes a video of a support shouting "white power"
The American president relayed the video by accompanying it with the message "Thank you to the super inhabitants of the Villages", before deleting it. © afp.com/Nicholas Kamm US President Donald Trump during a campaign meeting in Tulsa, June 20, 2020 President Donald Trump shared this Sunday, before deleting it, the video of a clash between several of his supporters and his opponents, where we saw a man yelling " white power ", rallying cry of white supremacists .
Krewson later apologized for the incident, writing in a tweet that it was unintentional while she was "answering routine questions" during the Facebook live event.
"Never did I intend to harm anyone or cause distress," the mayor said.
The McCloskey couple garnered national attention through the president's retweet, which showed the two shouting at the peaceful protesters while holding the AR-1 and pistol in their direction.
A couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation. https://t.co/5EqDd43QCd pic.twitter.com/KWNaif77ch— ABC News (@ABC) June 29, 2020
"A couple pointed guns at protesters in St. Louis as a group marched toward the mayor's home to demand her resignation," read the ABC News tweet caption which Trump shared with no context.
MSNBC's Al Sharpton: Trump Retweeting Video of Supporter Saying 'White Power' Was 'Intentional' (Video)
Rev. Al Sharpton said Monday that he believes President Donald Trump's retweet of video showing a supporter yelling "white power" was "intentional" and came with a message. The civil rights activist made his case on MSNBC's "Morning Joe": "With all that is going on that the president has not addressed — including boycotting of Facebook for talking about postings of hate and stuff — the president would retweet this in the face of this. The reason I'm emphasizing the climate, from the Mississippi vote to Facebook to what's going on in the George Floyd reaction, is because his retweeting this is intentional.
As local CNN affiliate KMOV-TV reported Sunday, protesters were on their way toward the nearby St. Louis mayor's home chanting, "resign Lyda, take the cops with you. The video shared by the president overhears demonstrators telling others to "keep moving" as they receive verbal threats from the McCloskey couple. The pair own a piece of property in the wealthy Forest Park area of the city dubbed the Niemann Mansion.
The president's sharing of the video preceded him tweeting out about a dozen posts from police departments which ask the public to identify Black Lives Matter protesters and others wanted in connection to alleged "major crimes" while demonstrating. On Sunday morning, Trump retweeted and later deleted a video praising senior Florida supporters, one of whom chanted "white power" at nearby critics. The White House later issued a statement calling it a mistake that he shared the video from The Villages senior retirement community.
St. Louis couple who pointed guns at protesters were ‘in fear for our lives’
A St. Louis couple who brandished guns at peaceful protesters surging down their street said Monday they were terrified of what appeared to them to be an unruly mob and that their aim was to defend themselves if necessary.A St. Louis couple who brandished guns at peaceful protesters surging down their street said Monday they were terrified of what appeared to them to be an unruly mob.
Krewson identifying some of the protestors drew a rebuke from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), which called it "shocking and misguided" in a statement.
"It is shocking and misguided for Mayor Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, to broadcast the addresses of those who dare to express a different viewpoint on an issue of public concern," the ACLU statement said. "It serves no apparent purpose beyond intimidation. We are stronger when we foster open dialogue. The chilling of debate should bother everyone, no matter whether they agree or disagree with the mayor on this particular issue."
Newsweek reached out to the White House for additional comments Monday morning.
St. Louis man on confrontation with protesters: 'I was worried that I was going to be killed' .
The St. Louis man who was seen with his wife brandishing weapons at Black Lives Matter protesters over the weekend said late Tuesday that he was worried he was "going to be killed."Mark McCloskey told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he and his wife Patricia were having dinner when they saw a "flood of people" coming through their gated community.