Remember the wealthy white couple who were filmed pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters last year?
One of them is running for Senate this year.
No, this isn't a joke.
Mark McCloskey and his wife, Patricia McCloskey, gained viral fame in June last year when they were seen guarding their St. Louis mansion armed with a semi-automatic rifle and a pistol.
A couple has come out of their house and is pointing guns at protesters in their neighborhood #StLouis #lydakrewson https://t.co/ZJ8a553PAU— Daniel Shular (@Daniel Shular)1593390446.0
As BLM protestors marched through their elusive Missouri neighborhood, the couple brandished their weapons and shouted at them to "walk away."
Footage of their stunt was quick to go viral...
A St. Louis couple in front of their home tonight as protesters marched past in the city’s Central West End. (photo… https://t.co/EIvDbCTWrh— Casey Nolen (@Casey Nolen)1593397636.0
With people from all over the world reacting in both horror and disbelief.
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT They need to be arrested. That’s disgusting.— Nicole Ee-o (@Nicole Ee-o)1593401736.0
@CaseyNolen @NoahShachtman @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT The wife is particularly scary. She has her finger inside the… https://t.co/LHzQNrb09N— GoneToPlaid (@GoneToPlaid)1593400958.0
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT She should be charged.— Bob Beamesderfer (@Bob Beamesderfer)1593456473.0
@joshboekesch @CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT This is the picture of “shouldn’t be allowed to own a gun”— Hot Takes (@Hot Takes)1593399919.0
@joshboekesch @CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT She looks like a very stable, responsible and experienced gun o… https://t.co/F9ZmiMWAm6— 🎶RBV, M.A.🎶 (@🎶RBV, M.A.🎶)1593400546.0
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT I’ll bet money he’s never fired that thing. He holds it like a child holds a nerf gun.— Fuzzy Num Num (@Fuzzy Num Num)1593457912.0
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT The is absolutely no weapon training evident in these photos. These people ar… https://t.co/xSDCHzRwIL— meg_stFrank (@meg_stFrank)1593458817.0
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT It’s the ugliest people that act this way.— 🏳️🌈 #BLM vacinated💉 (@🏳️🌈 #BLM vacinated💉)1593460042.0
@CaseyNolen @ksdknews @BILLGREENBLATT This is drawing a weapon in a threatening manner. They should be charged! Nob… https://t.co/ZI1ysDxsDm— WeRiseArmyVet 💯🇵🇷🏳️🌈 (@WeRiseArmyVet 💯🇵🇷🏳️🌈)1593462872.0
Following the incident, the couple were quickly named and shamed online.
@averyrisch These folks are in for a rough Monday. https://t.co/LZwN6TZTyw— DiLatina (@DiLatina)1593402134.0
It emerged that they both worked as personal injury lawyers and owned their own law firm, McCloskey Law Center.
And a month on from the incident, they were subsequently indicted on charges of evidence tampering and unlawful use of a weapon.
1/ Statement from Circuit Attorney Kimberly M. Gardner - Today my office filed charges against Mark and Patricia Mc… https://t.co/EGxJILabxn— Circuit Attorney (@Circuit Attorney)1595278774.0
A trial has been set for November, ABC News reported.
However, it wasn't all doom and gloom in the life of the McCloskeys.
Former President Donald Trump slammed their charges as a "disgrace," and suggested - without any evidence - that they were defending themselves against a violent mob of extremists.
He even invited the pair to speak at the 2020 Republican National Convention.
Here, the couple prerecorded a 4-minute-long video to deliver the message that the US's predominately white suburbs were at risk of violence from outsiders.
"What you saw happen to us could just as easily happen to any of you who are watching from quiet neighborhoods around our country," Patricia said. "No matter where you live, your family will not be safe in the radical Democrats' America."
And now, they're taking their political careers one step further.
It has been announced this week that Mark McCloskey is running for the US Senate.
During an interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Tuesday, McCloskey officially declared he was throwing his hat into the crowded Republican primary to fill the Missouri seat of Sen. Roy Blunt, who is retiring.
"I've always been a Republican, but I've never been a politician," he said. "But God came knocking on my door last summer disguised as an angry mob."
He explained that, while campaigning for Trump last year, he learned that people are "sick and tired of cancel culture and the poison of critical race theory and the big lie of systemic racism."
"People are sick of it, they don't want any more posers or egotists going to D.C. All we hear is talk. Nothing ever changes," he said. "It seemed to me that people have to stand up. Each and every one of us needs to stands up and say we are not sheep, we are a free people."
McCloskey joins former Gov. Eric Greitens in the Republican field seeking to keep Sen. Roy Blunt's seat in GOP hands after he retires at the end of his term in 2022.
Make sure to stay posted for further updates.