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A white couple intent on protecting their home from protesters who were simply marching past Sunday evening has gone viral.
Protesters, armed only with posters and chants, marched through St. Louis on Sunday evening urging Mayor Lyda Krewson to redirect city funds away from law enforcement. They were marching toward the mayor’s house in the Central West End, banging on drums and carrying signs that said, “Respect us.” According to the Washington Post, the first-term Democrat had publicly released the names and addresses of some fellow activists, and now they wanted to bring their demonstration to her door.
But as the peaceful crowd of about 500 walked along the private, gated street, a white couple emerged from a five-story marble mansion barefoot and carrying a semiautomatic rifle as he appeared to threaten the group. A few feet away, a woman pointed a pistol at the crowd, her finger directly on the trigger.
Watch below from multiple angles:
The video had been viewed nearly 9 million times by Monday morning, including by Donald Trump, who retweeted the video without explanation.