Jumps and cheers at commemoration event for accused rioter as her mum called for House speaker to ‘f*** off and die’
The former president, whose involvement in the birthday rally event was unexpected, told family and friends of the accused rioter that she was “incredible” and a woman who had fought for America.
Ms Babbitt was one of five people killed inside the Capitol as it came under attack by hundreds who backed Mr Trump’s false allegations that last November’s elections was stolen.
Volgens News2Share verslaggewer Ford Fischer, the “Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt” rally was held in Freeport, Texas, on what would have been the rioters’ 36th birthday on Sunday.
It was attended by her parents and widower. Her mother told the crowd that House speaker Nancy Pelosi can “f*** off and die” because of her calls for an inquiry into the riot.
“They jailed patriots, and they said ‘look what happens when you question us. Look what happens when you dare to f*** the establishment. Look what happens when you dare to knock on the power’s door’”.
She went on to claim that “the Capitol police are not police”, and that she had “hours” of video footage that would “incriminate” the force and the FBI in the death of her daughter.
Ms Pelosi’s House select committee investigating the 6 January riot is ongoing and issued 11 subpoenas to close aids of the former president last week. It is largely without Republican backing.
The figures include Steve Bannon, the former editor of far right news website Breitbart and Mr Trump’s former campaign chief, who has informed the committee that he will not appear before it.
Mr Trump, who has frequently defended accused rioters, told the “Texas loves Ashli” rally that Babbitt was “a truly incredible person” and that “there was no reason Ashli should’ve lost her life that day.”
Ignoring his own role in inciting the rioting — as alleged in his second impeachment trial — he went on to say that “we must all demand justice for Ashli and her family” and called “for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt”.
In April, a justice department investigation into her death found that there was no wrongdoing by the officer who shot at Babbitt as she broke through a hallway near the Senate camber, surrounded by rioters.
Republican representative and Trump ally, Paul Gosar, also took part in the rally and vertel the audience that he continues to demand answers “as the family and indeed all Americans deserve full transparency and accountability surrounding the murder of Ashli.”
Babbitt, who served in the US Air Force between 2004 en 2016, allegedly op Twitter geskryf the day before her death that “Nothing will stop us…the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours …. dark to light!”
She was believed to have turned to far right conspiracy theories including QAnon after leaving the air force, and was a backer of Mr Trump.