As protests for racial justice swept the nation last summer, former President Donald Trump and his Republican allies leapt to characterize protesters as looters, rioters, and threats to suburbia.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey fell for it.
When a group of protesters peacefully marched through the McCloskeys' ritzy St. Louis neighborhood, the couple emerged from their home with firearms, including an assault weapon. They pointed the weapons at the protesters and threatened to shoot.
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Naturally, the McCloskeys were embraced by conservatives for threatening protesters. Naturally, the couple was invited to speak at the Republican National Convention that year, and now Mark McCloskey is running to represent Missouri in the United States Senate.
In his campaign ad, McCloskey absurdly claims the "angry mob" was coming to destroy his home and kill his family. He goes on to claim the left wants to destroy "our culture" and "our heritage."
But a Democratic hopeful for the Missouri Senate seat, Lucas Kunce, recently mocked McCloskey for his paranoia in a recent ad.
In the video, Kunce cocks an AR-15, aims it, then lowers it, saying:
"You know what? Forget it. I don't have to do this type of thing... Stunts like that, those are for those clowns on the other side, like that 'Mansion Man' Mark McCloskey. If you don't remember who I'm talking about, he's that guy who got his 15 minutes of fame waving one of these weapons of war around at a bunch of people walking by his mansion, and now he thinks that qualifies himself to be a U.S. Senator."
He goes on to note that McCloskey's stunt got him charged for misuse of a weapon, and offers to give McCloskey a "U.S. Marine-led weapons training class" if he apologized to the protesters he threatened.
Kunce labeled McCloskey as:
"Mansion Man Mark."
People welcomed Kunce's trolling.
McCloskey's ad—released last month—wasn't as well received.
The state is considered solid Republican, so Kunce faces an uphill battle in the crowded field of candidates.