Rep. Eric Swalwell Pushes Back On Ashli Babbitt Martyrdom, Recognizes Officer As American Hero

The martyrdom of Ashli Babbitt has been a rallying cry among white supremacists, election deniers, and Trump supporters. On their social media pages, podcasts, and protest signs, they demand to know the name of the officer who shot her, as she crawled through a broken window inside the Capitol Building, followed by a crowd of armed insurrectionists who had already forced officers to retreat from their posts outside said window. Representative Eric Swalwell (D-CA) isn’t having it.

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 20: U.S. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) questions Gordon Sondland, the U.S ambassador to the European Union, during a hearing before the House Intelligence Committee in the Longworth House Office Building on Capitol Hill November 20, 2019 in Washington, DC. The committee heard testimony during the fourth day of open hearings in the impeachment inquiry against U.S. President Donald Trump, whom House Democrats say held back U.S. military aid for Ukraine while demanding it investigate his political rivals. (Photo by Samuel Corum – Pool/Getty Images)

In a Wednesday morning Twitter post, Swalwell addressed the martyrdom of Babbitt, and the conspiracy theories that paint her death as a ‘murder’ or political killing. He said it was time to set the record straight once and for all, and recognized the officer who protected the Capitol from Babbitt and others as an American hero.

The death of Ashli Babbitt, who can be seen on video pushing her way through a window outside the room where legislators sheltered, has been weaponized by the far right. They’ve tried selling t-shirts that label her as an American Patriot (with online stores pulling the items after complaints), and Fox host Tucker Carlson even walked the fine line of borderline doxxing, letting his fans know which officer the rumor mill has labeled as her shooter, despite there being no official information released publicly.

Donald Trump, too, has leaned on Babbitt as a means to keep his base riled up, saying that treatment of his fans who stormed the Capitol at his behest is unfair and cruel, and demanding that the name of the officer who protected Congress from her.

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