Former President Donald Trump released a video on Sunday commemorating what would have been the 36th birthday of Ashli Babbitt, who was one of the insurrectionists that were killed by the United States Capitol Police during the deadly siege on January 6th.
Trump’s personalized, two-minute-twenty-second statement was a disturbing, almost secular canonization of Babbitt, a domestic terrorist who died during a mass attempt to assassinate House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), then-Vice President Mike Pence, and whichever members of Congress she and her confederates could quickly capture, torture, and kill.
“It is my great honor to address those of you gathered today to cherish the memory of Ashli Babbitt, a truly incredible person. To Ashli’s family and friends, please know that her memory will live on in our hearts for all time. Ashli served our country in the United States Air Force for 14 years, where she was a security forces airman and eventually went on to achieve the rank of senior airman. She defended our nation overseas, including in Iraq, to fight in the War on Terror,” Trump said.
“On that horrible day of January 6th, Ashli arrived at the United States Capitol. She was shot and tragically killed. Today would have been her birthday. Happy birthday, Ashli. We’re looking at you and you’re looking down on your family and us. My heart and the hearts of millions of Americans across the country are with everyone – everyone – who knew and loved her. I especially want to express my great sympathy to Ashli’s loving husband, Aaron, and her wonderful mother, Micki. I spoke to both of them and you’re great people,” Trump continued.
Micki Witthoeft was one of several people at her daughter’s memorial service to wish death upon Pelosi, who was a primary target of the Capitol insurrection.
“Together we grieve her terrible loss. There was no reason Ashli should have lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family. So on this solemn occasion, as we celebrate her life, we renew our call for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt. I offer my unwavering support to Ashli’s family and call on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into her death on January 6th. Like all Americans, you deserve a fair process, you deserve answers, and you deserve justice,” Trump concluded. “Thank you for being here. God bless you, God bless Ashli’s incredible memory, and God Bless America.”
Capitol Police Officer Michael Byrd was exonerated for his use of deadly force against Babbitt through an internal Justice Department probe that ended in late August.
Watch below courtesy of Emmy Award-winning documentarian Ford Fischer:
Former President Trump spoke at the Ashli Babbitt birthday commemoration via pre-recorded video: "Her memory will live on in our hearts for all time."
"There was no reason Ashli should have lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family," Trump said. pic.twitter.com/goue5MWLNt
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) October 11, 2021
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