“Fredo” Cuomo brought Mark McCloskey who went viral after defending his St. Louis home from potential rioters & looters
It was an obvious attempt by Cuomo to make a viral moment.Cuomo tried to paint McCloskey and his wife as white supremacist.
He opened the interview by asking a ridiculous question to McCloskey “how do you feel about becoming the face of political resistance to the Black Lives Matter movement?”
“First of all, that’s a completely ridiculous statement.I'm not the face of anything opposing to Black Lives Matters movement. I was a person scared for my life who was protecting my wife, my home, my hearth, my livelihood. I was a victim of a mob that came through the gate. I didn't care what color they were. I didn't care what their motivation was. I was frightened. I was assaulted and I was in imminent fear that they would run me over, kill me, burn my house.
To give you context, on June 2nd, I watched the city burn, I watched the 7-11 get smashed in, looted and burned for 40 minutes on live television with nobody showing up to do anything. I realized at that time, we're on our own, when bad things happen, they unpredictably turn really bad, really fast. That same night, retired St. Louis Police Captain David Dorn was murdered.
These things get very bad very quickly. And when those people came through the gate, when it was a mob, I didn't take the time to see their birth certificates or anything else, I was defending my life, my house, my wife and what I spent 32 years building there."
Cuomo later lectured him, saying “you were the one pointing a loaded weapon at a group of people who were walking past, looking for the mayor's house as a point of protest.”
McCloskey then revealed Cuomo’s ignorance saying “that's an entirely false concept”, noting that “no single media outlet has ever mentioned the complete falsity of that statement. The mayor's house cannot be reached through my neighborhood. [St. Louis Mayor] Lyda Krewson lives up on a road called Lake and Washington. That's three blocks north and a half a mile west of my house.”