[WATCH] January 6th Deniers Potentially Endangering Police

In their haste to rewrite the events of the January 6th insurrection at the Capitol, deniers of that day’s events are not only trying to tell people who witnessed everything live on TV or the internet that they never saw all of the things that they saw. As they try to paint Ashli Babbitt as a martyr instead of a domestic terrorist, the blame for her death is being shifted to the person who shot her in the MAGA smokescreen attempt to deflect the reasons why Babbitt was trying to breach the doors of the Speaker’s Lobby when she was gunned down.

“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?” is the new rally cry from the right, as if she wasn’t responsible for her own actions. Shifting the blame to the guy who invited her to DC in the first place isn’t within their realm of possibilities, and the Special Select Committee will be issuing subpoenas soon, so it’s time for them to get their deconstructed narrative ducks in a row. But that question just isn’t empty rhetoric for clickbait and distraction; it puts a very real person in very real danger.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: A pro-Trump mob enter the Capitol Building after breaking into it on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. A pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Jon Cherry/Getty Images)

While it’s widely assumed that a member of Mike Pence’s Secret Service detail shot Babbitt as she ignored calls to back down and the cries of “Gun! Gun!” it would be considered doxing to name the person, which some right-wing websites have done. But in doing so, the precedent for targeting police and security details creates an atmosphere of vigilantism at a time when there is already an abundance of “citizen’s militias” and other fringe factions more than willing to take the law into their own hands.

When top government officials are echoing a dangerous narrative to “find” a police officer or a member of the Secret Service, they’re giving legitimacy not just to the rewriting of the history of the day, they’re looking the other way instead of actually “backing the blue”.

Editor-at-large at The Bulwark Charlie Sykes and former assistant director for counterintelligence at the FBI Frank Figliuzzi joined Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House” to talk about how Republican demands to know the identity of the officer who shot Ashli Babbit puts police in danger. Watch their discussion, below.

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