House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) tore into former President Donald Trump on Thursday for coming to the defense of the insurrectionists whom he directed to lay siege to the United States Capitol on January 6th in order to stop the congressional certification of the 2020 election.
“Twice-impeached Florida retiree – and de facto leader of the Republican Party – Donald Trump joined House Republicans today in disrespecting the Capitol Police and other law enforcement officers, who valiantly defended the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, decrying how rioters ‘are being treated unbelievably unfairly’ now that they are facing legal consequences for their actions,” Pelosi said in a statement that was posted to her office’s website. “Like Donald, House Republicans have shown time and time again that they stand with traitors – not with our law enforcement.”
Trump said at a press conference at his Bedminster, New Jersey golf estate on Wednesday that “people are being treated unbelievably unfairly – referring to the horde which breached and trashed the Capitol complex – and that “when you look at people in prison and nothing happens to Antifa and they burned down cities and killed people.”
Trump claimed that there were no guns present at his failed coup except for the firearm which a Capitol Police officer used to neutralize Ashli Babbitt as she tried to breach the perimeter and enter the Capitol.
“But the person that shot Ashli Babbitt, boom, right through the head, just boom, there was no reason for that. 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 case is closed,” said Trump. “There were no guns in the Capitol … except for the gun that shot Ashli Babbitt, and nobody knows who that man were.”
The Department of Justice, however, has said that is not true.
“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 in defense of the Members of Congress and others evacuating the House Chamber,” the Department determined.
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