No speaker thus far — at either the Democratic or Republican national conventions — more clearly delineated the allegiances of the two candidates for president than Mark and Patricia McCloskey.
The images of the couple — legally armed on the steps of their St. Louis, Missouri home, refusing to yield control of their property to hundreds of entitled rioters who had already broken down their gate — ranks as an iconic image of 2020.
It happened only a few weeks after and a few miles away from the spot where looters, exploiting the same post-George Floyd chaos, murdered retired police Captain David Dorn, whose family also was on hand to speak at the RNC.
When the gates of their affluent community came crashing down, the McCloskeys did what millions of Americans would do in the same situation. They armed themselves to protect their property, making it perfectly clear that if the elected Democrat officials in St. Louis were not going to allow the police to protect their home from the “peaceful protesters” who had already burned and looted hundreds of other properties, they would do it themselves.
It was a put up or shut up moment. You can’t be on both sides. You either stand for law and order, or you stand for the proposition that the law doesn’t apply to large groups of people chanting trendy platitudes.
Joe Biden and the Democrats have already made it clear who they stand with.
They stand with the mob. They stand with the people calling to “defund” police departments amidst an historic surge in violent crime. They stand with the journalists who refuse to publish a critical word about organizations like Black Lives Matter (BLM) and Antifa, which have more skeletons in their closets than the average mortuary.
The stand with the PR spin doctors talking about “peaceful protestors” as great American cities erupt in flames.
It’s equally clear who Biden and the Democrats stand against: people like the McCloskeys — Americans who do not believe the left’s latest social crusade is reason enough to abandon our homes, our history, our laws, and our safety to rioters and looters.
As the McCloskeys explained to the nation on Monday night, Democrats and their allies can’t tolerate the sight of Americans exercising their Second Amendment rights, especially in defiance of their violent street proxies. The McCloskeys had to be made an example of. The left could not afford for other Americans to discover that they have a right to resist “protesters” — or any other trespassers — coming on to their property. “Woke prosecutor” Kim Gardner charged the McCloskeys with felonies, and the media played right along.
To this day, the liberal press refers to the McCloskeys “waving” their guns at “peaceful protestors.”
Even the very night before the McCloskeys spoke, Democrats were still tripping over themselves to malign police officers, excuse criminals, and leave law-abiding citizens and their property at the mercy of a violent mob.
In Kenosha, Wisconsin, police shot and wounded a man with a rap sheet a mile long after he resisted arrest, disobeyed officers’ commands, walked over to his car, and reached under the seat.
Without any review of the facts, Joe Biden declared the felon “a victim of excessive force” and proclaimed that “the officers must be held accountable.”
Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, was even quicker to come down against the police. The violent felon resisting arrest was, according to Evers, “not the first Black man or person to have been shot or injured or mercilessly killed at the hands of individuals in law enforcement.”
That was all the encouragement needed to mobilize the same sort of mob that came to the McCloskeys’ home. They knew full well there would be no consequences for going out into Kenosha, setting churches and businesses ablaze, and knocking a police officer unconscious with a brick.
That’s who Joe Biden stands with.
As they made clear again and again at their own convention, to Democrats, the mob can do no wrong and law-abiding citizens can do no right. You must submit. You must sit down and take it, no matter how preposterous the mob’s demands become.
The McCloskeys said “No!” So does Donald Trump.
Jason D. Meister is an Advisory Board Member of Donald J. Trump for President Inc., and frequently appears on national television and radio broadcasts, including various interviews on: Fox News, Fox Business Network, Wall Street Journal Live, Bloomberg, One America News, Sky News, Newsmax TV, Huff Post Live, and Sirius XM. Mr. Meister is a successful investor, developer, and published op-ed author. He has written for various publications including The Epoch Times, Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, Townhall, Fox News, Fox Business, Newsmax, Real Clear Politics, Real Clear Markets, American Greatness, Tennessee Star, The Ohio Star, and the Minnesota Sun. Twitter: @jason_meister.