The republican senate candidate from Missouri, Mark McCloskey, has come out openly in support of Kyle Rittenhouse. He was arm-in-arm with white supremacists, flashing the white power symbol.
Mark McCloskey and Patricia, his wife, were present outside the courthouse in Wisconsin where Rittenhouse stood trial for murdering two people with an automatic rifle and injuring another.
Mark McCloskey had gained notoriety for flashing guns at participants at a racial injustice protest march in St. Louis last year. He was with a group of white supremacists and flashed the ‘OK’ sign supporting Rittenhouse as the jury deliberated the case before ending the day without a verdict.
Mark McCloskey and his wife had pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor and paid fines for waving guns at protestors. But he had been defiant and had pledged to do it again. Republican Governor Mike Parson had then pardoned Mark McCloskey and Patricia.
Republican Senate Candidate Mark McCloskey Has Equated Himself With Rittenhouse
Mark McCloskey has equated himself with Rittenhouse and said both had to defend themselves from an angry mob. He had in January flashed the white supremacist ‘OK’ sign. The Judge has forbidden that to be discussed during the Rittenhouse trial.
Mark McCloskey is running for the Senate seat vacated by Republican Roy Blunt. The wide field also has Eric Schmitt, Congress members Vicky Hartzler and Billy Long, and ex-Governor Eric Greitens, who was embroiled in a sex scandal 3 years ago.
Rittenhouse, now 18, faces 5 charges of felonies; 1st-degree intentional homicide, 1st-degree reckless homicide, attempted 1st-degree intentional homicide, and a double count of 1st-degree recklessly endangering safety. If convicted on the more serious charges, Rittenhouse faces a mandatory sentence of a life sentence.
Prosecutors have said that Rittenhouse provoked the shooting by aiming his gun at the protestors and instead of retreating had continued to shoot. Rittenhouse had pointed his gun at one of the victims, though he admitted he knew that he was unarmed. He also said he was aware that pointing a gun was dangerous.