In June 2020, McCloskey and his wife, Patricia, waved guns at protesters walking past their mansion on their way to the then house.–Mayor of Saint-Louis, Lyda Krewson. Images of the barefoot couple defending their home – which took place amid a summer of social unrest after George Floyd’s murder – almost immediately went viral. They were subsequently charged with unlawful use of a weapon and tampering with evidence.
The couple became a notorious cause for conservatives and gained the support of then-President Donald Trump, who used the incident to advance a central theme of his re-election campaign – that of far-left activists. invaded high-end communities. Trump retweeted video footage of the incident and defended the couple in a TV interview, saying it was “shameful” to face legal action.
The McCloskeys were given a slot on opening night of the 2020 Republican convention. In a four-minute pre-recorded video, the couple warned the Liberals wanted to “tear down” the suburbs and take away gun rights.
The Missouri race drew several Republican candidates, including former Gov. Eric Greitens and Attorney General Eric Schmitt. The list of Democratic candidates includes former Senator Scott Sifton and lawyer Lucas Kunce.