In a moment that has since gone viral, a St. Louis couple stood outside their home on Sunday and pointed their guns at peaceful protesters passing by.
Identified by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch as Mark T. and Patricia N. McCloskey, the couple aimed their firearms at protesters who were on their way to Mayor Lyda Krewson's home. The internet has since dubbed the pair as "Ken and Karen," a reference to the recent increase of videos showing entitled white women acting out in public. "Private property! Mark McCloskey shouted at the crowd walking past, brandishing a rifle. "Get out! Private property, get out!" His wife, Partricia, pointed a handgun at the crowd, as protesters shouted back at the two.
The group of protesters, of which there were estimated to be around 500, were demanding the resignation of Mayor Krewson. The calls for her resignation came after she read the names and addresses of people who had wrote letters asking her to defund the police department. While the video has since been removed from Facebook and Krewson apologized, she was met with plenty of criticism for the move.
here’s what happens when you march on Portland Place in St. Louis, MO— avery (@averyrisch) June 29, 2020
they’re scared of their own community pic.twitter.com/Ng8qW1Pa6C
This is why “Ken and Karen” are trending. A couple in St. Louis pulled out their firearms to a group of protestors in St. Louis yesterday.— HOT 97 (@HOT97) June 29, 2020
Protesters mostly appeared to remain calm during the incident, with one person telling the couple to "calm down" while another told them to "call the fucking cops." St. Louis police have indicated that the McCloskeys told them that the protesters broke an iron pedestrian gate to get onto the street. In a statement, police called the couple aiming guns at protesters "victims," and claimed that the McCloskeys saw "multiple subjects who were armed."
Despite the commotion, the crowd moved on to Krewson’s home just a block away. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
A petition that calls for her resignation has accumulated over 46,000 signatures as of Monday.
At the protest on Sunday, Rep. Rasheen Aldrigde said of Krewson’s Facebook video, “As a leader you don’t do stuff like that… It’s only right that we visit her at her home.”
See the reactions to the moment below.
Mark and Patricia McCloskey star in the long awaited sequel to Bonnie and Clyde... Ken and Karen MAGA.— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) June 29, 2020
They will not be denied their white supremacy or their white privilege!!
Written, produced & directed by Donald Trump.
In theaters everywhere November 3rd.#AmericaOrTrump pic.twitter.com/2mWPqMEkPL
When Ken and Karen don't see the manager immediately pic.twitter.com/iHcdzixI9w— 💀🦉🍂Wicked Neffie of the East 🌒🌕🌘 (@pocahontasphnx) June 29, 2020
Donald Trump this morning proudly retweeted the video of “Ken and Karen” pointing their guns at black people in St. Louis. Trump never misses an opportunity to fan the flames of white resentment and racial unrest. pic.twitter.com/zdSi7GReAX— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) June 29, 2020
all joking aside Trump tweeting that video of Ken and Karen is sending a clear message. just like that White Power clip does. Trump wants a violent armed uprising of white racists. He sees it as "enthusiasm" that will carry him thru November— ⚖️Enslave Karens 2020 ⚖️ (@Drea_got_rage) June 29, 2020
stop trivialising their actions. they are not “ken and karen”, they are racists brandishing weapons https://t.co/ibGKf3Jdjp— lydia🧃 (@jotarosjuul) June 29, 2020
Ken and Karen as well as Michigan anti-#coronavirus safety thugs can brandish weaponry against unarmed people and not have a hair on their white heads touched by law enforcement. However young (& black) Tamir Rice is besieged by cops and executed within 2 seconds. Why is this 🤔? pic.twitter.com/CNBHHgpuO3— Cashapp: $MichaelNYC1 (@GillettTheBest) June 29, 2020
Are those cocktails in the back?!— Sandy (@sandycheeks88) June 29, 2020
It looks like Ken and Karen were drinking alcohol and then handling guns. They need their gun licenses revoked NOW!
They obviously have shown they don’t know a thing about gun safety! #McCloskey pic.twitter.com/TCBc4RDUf7
Ken and Karen need to be arrested for pointing weapons at citizens peacefully exercising their constitutional rights. https://t.co/On2MDl5Efj— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) June 29, 2020
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