Democrat Lucas Kunce, who is running for a Senate seat in Missouri, posted a campaign ad on Wednesday mocking one of his opponents, Republican Mark McCloskey, which sparked national outrage last summer when he and his wife pointed guns at Black Lives Matter protesters outside their Manoir Saint-Louis.
In the video, Kunce arms a gun, seems to aim it at something, then says, “You know what?” Forget it. I don’t have to do that stuff … Stunts like that are for the clowns on the other side, like that “Mansion Man” Mark McCloskey.
Kunce – a former Marine who declared his candidacy in March – then challenges his opponent to apologize to the people he “threatened with lethal force”. He offers to give McCloskey a “US Marine Led Arms Training Course” in return.
McCloskey and his wife, who shouted and brandished their guns at protesters for racial justice outside their home in June 2020, were indicted last year and charged with unlawful use of a weapon. They are due to stand trial Later this year.
McCloskey spoke at the 2020 Republican National Convention and earned the praise of then-President Donald Trump. He announced his race for the Senate last month.
Kunce and McCloskey are part of a multitude of candidates running for the seat vacated by Sen. Roy Blunt (R), who has said he will not run for another term.
Democrat Scott Sifton, Missouri state senator from 2013 until early this year, is also running for Blunt, as is Republicans Eric Greitens, a former Missouri governor who resigned in the middle of an investigation on allegations of sexual misconduct, and Eric Schmitt, state attorney general.
Kunce is run as a progressive candidate, accepting no corporate PAC money and calling for universal healthcare, legalizing marijuana and breaking corporate monopolies.
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