St. Louis couple who brandished guns at protesters endorse Trump at RNC


    Mark and Patricia McCloskey, attorneys charged with felony unlawful use of a weapon after they pulled guns on anti-racism protesters outside of their mansion in June, spoke at the Republican National Convention on Monday.

    Why it matters: The McCloskeys argued that Black Lives Matter protesters and liberal radicals would « abolish the suburbs all-together » if they gained power in « Joe Biden’s party » — boosting President Trump’s campaign effort to stoke fears of lawless cities and an end to what he’s called the “Suburban Lifestyle Dream.”

    What they’re saying: « Whether it’s defunding the police, ending cash bail so criminals can be released back out on the streets the same day to riot again, or encouraging anarchy on our streets, it seems as if Democrats no longer view the government’s job as protecting honest citizens from criminals, but rather protecting criminals from honest citizens, » Mark McCloskey said.

    Between the lines: The Trump administration has rescinded the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, an Obama-era policy aimed at curbing discriminatory housing practices and racial segregation, Axios’ Kim Hart writes.

    Background: The suburbs were two-thirds white as of the 2010 Census, down from 81% the decade before, and since then the suburbs have continued to diversify, Axios’ Margaret Talev reports.

    This week’s Republican National Convention will be The Trump Show from start to finish, aiming for ratings-juicing stunts, attention-grabbing speeches from MAGA stars, and executive power as performance art, people familiar with the plans tell Axios.

    What to expect: « Think of each night like an episode, » says one source. « And what would an episode be without an appearance from the star? »

    Former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris presented a united front against President Trump, even as ABC’s Robin Roberts and David Muir pushed them on topics of race and more.

    The big picture: In one of the key moments during the early days of the Democratic primary race, Harris directly challenged Biden over busing and school segregation. When asked about that moment, Harris said, « There are real racial disparities that are rooted in systemic racism and a failure to address the truths that may be difficult truths. Joe Biden does that. And he is doing that. He is addressing these truths. »

    Jerry Falwell Jr. submitted his resignation as president of Liberty University Monday following a Reuters story that alleged he and his wife had engaged in a years-long intimate relationship with business partner and former pool attendant Giancarlo Granda, per multiple news reports.

    The state of play: Since the news broke that Falwell resigned, he told Virginia Business that the resignation reports are « completely false. » Liberty University spokesperson Scott Lamb told CNN that the university’s board was in discussion with Falwell and that a statement would be made Tuesday.


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