Ashli Babbitt has been treated as a martyr, with supporters calling her death a murder by Capitol Police, and insisting that someone must be held responsible for it. With the new release of a November 2020 memo circulated by the Trump Campaign, the identity of the individual or individuals who should face those consequences is, for many members of the public, solidly cemented: Donald Trump, and those who spread a lie on his behalf, misleading and enraging a radicalized a base that was already prepared to use violence to keep their president in office.
Who is responsible for Ashli Babbitt’s death? On the right, people say that the police officer who shot her, or House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), or the people they believe “stole” the election should face consequences for her death. However, a lot of people have pointed out since day one (or January 6th, perhaps more aptly), that it was Trump’s rhetoric, and the rhetoric of some of his most vocal supporters, that brought Babbitt and others to the Capitol Building that day, and led them to carry out a violent and destructive attack.
With Tuesday’s New York Times report on a Trump Campaign memo, which was submitted as evidence in the Dominion Voting Systems defamation suit against Trump, his culpability is confirmed for many people.
Even though the memo was hastily assembled, it rebutted a series of allegations that Ms. Powell and others were making in public. It found:
That Dominion did not use voting technology from the software company, Smartmatic, in the 2020 election.
That Dominion had no direct ties to Venezuela or to Mr. Soros.
And that there was no evidence that Dominion’s leadership had connections to left-wing “antifa” activists, as Ms. Powell and others had claimed.
As [former Dominion employee Eric Coomer’s] lawyers wrote in their motion in the defamation suit, “The memo produced by the Trump campaign shows that, at least internally, the Trump campaign found there was no evidence to support the conspiracy theories regarding Dominion” and Mr. Coomer.
One of the hurdles that has been considered a particularly high bar for cases against Trump for spreading the Big Lie is the burden of proof that he knew he was spreading propaganda, rather than an honest personal opinion. This memo is being touted as that vital piece of evidence, and it’s got Ashli Babbitt trending again on Twitter, with the predominant theme being Trump’s (alleged) guilt in her death.
We all know who killed Ashli Babbitt
Her blood is 100% on the hands of Trump, Tucker Carlson & any other traitor who lied to these people about election "fraud" pic.twitter.com/XThgrlEm6l
— Alicia Smith 💙🌊🌊 #FBR (@AliciaSmith987) September 22, 2021
Ashli Babbitt was a traitor not a hero. She betrayed her oath that she took when she joined the military. But if you need to blame someone for her death, don't look at that Capitol Police officer, look toward Donald J. Trump who set her on a path of a traitors death. pic.twitter.com/ec9js4h4ix
— Douglas R. Reynolds🇺🇸😷💉 (@Doug2r66) September 22, 2021
Ashli Babbitt was murdered by Donald Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
— Tim Hannan (@TimHannan) September 21, 2021
Who killed Ashli Babbitt? pic.twitter.com/hzuz2gy6nb
— Mister Race Bannon (@MrRaceBannon) September 22, 2021
Ashli Babbitt and all the other January 6th terrorist were radicalized by Trump and his lawyers who knew they were lying.
They are responsible for every drop of blood spilled that day.
— Chris Hahn (@ChristopherHahn) September 22, 2021
People like Ashli Babbitt were constantly egged on to violence by the former president. He bears tremendous blame in subsequent violence in America and on January 6th. pic.twitter.com/uAeRqkPP8j
— Really American 🇺🇸 (@ReallyAmerican1) September 22, 2021
Ashli Babbitt is a terrorist who died because she believed the lies of Donald Trump. He didn't care about her life.
There. I said her name. Happy? https://t.co/krEYB8ySjh
— Machine Pun Kelly (@KellyScaletta) September 22, 2021
Ashli Babbitt was a terrorist and a traitor. Trump is the person who got her killed. pic.twitter.com/aFPpRAOHvn
— End the Kakistocracy (@VirtuallyNo1) September 21, 2021
While Trump’s defamation case slowly makes its way through the legal process, another inquiry is looking closely at exactly what happened January 6th. The House Committee set up to investigate the attack is questioning witnesses, and according to Politico, they have some on their list who they expect to resist questioning. They aren’t naming names yet, but with Chuck Schumer’s announcement that some witnesses will be subpoenaed directly, rather than being given an opportunity to comply freely, there’s the strong suggestion that some of these witnesses might be people who are, themselves, connected to the violence or the incitement of it.
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Steph Bazzle reports on social issues and religion for Hill Reporter. She focuses on stories that speak to everyone's right to practice what they believe in and receive the support of their communities and government officials. You can reach her at Steph@HillReporter.com