Six months after his supporters stormed the Capitol, Donald Trump is fixated on a deadly moment that claimed one of his supporters’ lives. On July 1, Donald Trump issued one of the shortest official statements in the history of U.S. politics. It was four words long. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt?” the asked. Ms. Babbitt, a 35-year-old Air Force veteran, was among the who attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in a last-ditch attempt to stop Congress from certifying President election victory. A devoted fan of Mr. Trump, she also believed in the QAnon .
“Nothing will stop us,” shebefore the riot. “They can try and try and try, but the storm is here, descending upon D.C. in less than 24 hours.” “The storm is here” is a common QAnon slogan. She was shot dead by a as she tried to force her way through a barricaded door. The happened six months ago, but Mr. Trump didn’t fully embrace Ms. Babbitt until the past two weeks. Since that four-word statement, he has repeatedly brought up her death in public, calling her “innocent” and demanding that the her be identified.
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“The person that shot Ashli Babbitt – boom, right through the head, just boom – there was no reason for that,” Mr. Trump said during a media conference in Bedminster, New Jersey, on July 7, where he’d just, Twitter, and Google. “And why isn’t that person being opened up, and why isn’t that being studied? They’ve already written it off. They said that the case was closed.
“If that were the opposite, that case would be going on for years and years, and it would not be pretty.” He made these remarks in response to a question asking what he did to stop the insurrection while it was happening on January 6. Yesterday, he went further in an interview with Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo. “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? Why are they keeping that secret?” Mr. Trump asked. “Who was the person who shot an innocent, fantastic, incredible woman, a military woman, right in the head?
“And there are no repercussions. If that were on the other side, it would be the biggest story in this country. Who shot Ashli Babbitt? People want to know. And why?” While the person who killed Ms. Babbitt has not been named, we know what happened. Ashot her in her left shoulder (not in the head) as a mob of Mr. Trump’s supporters tried to break through a barricaded door and enter the Speaker’s Lobby adjacent to the House of Representatives chamber.
At the, police were still evacuating members of Congress from the chamber. Ms. Babbitt, at the front of the mob, was attempting to climb through a section of the door where the glass had been broken. One of the a single gunshot, which caused her to collapse backward. She received medical treatment at the scene and died in hospital shortly afterward. You can watch footage of the incident here.
The officer who shot Ms. Babbitt is a lieutenant. His lawyer has said he ordered rioters and other officers to not pass the barricade before. After a three-month investigation, prosecutors from the U.S. attorney’s him. “The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, at the time the officer fired a single shot at Ms. Babbitt, the officer did not reasonably believe that it was necessary to do so in self-defense or defense of the members of Congress,” they said.
“They know who shot Ashli Babbitt. They’re protecting that person,” Mr. Trump told Ms. Bartiromo yesterday. “I’ve also heard that it was the head of security for a certain high official. A Democrat. And we’ll see. Because reported the officer in question was not, in fact, part of a security detail for a member of Congress.out.” Mr. Trump this theory. Today, NBC News, citing a senior law enforcement official,