Former President Donald Trump took to Truth Social to defend Ashli Babbitt after Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said that the officer who killed her was doing “his job.”
McCarthy’s comments came after a reporter asked him about Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) recently stating that Babbitt had been murdered during the January 6 Capitol breach during a committee hearing.
When asked about whether he believed that Babbitt was murdered or the Capitol Police officer was just doing his job, McCarthy replied that the “officer did his job.”
After whipping support for McCarthy’s campaign in the House speakership race last month, Trump took to Truth Social to air out his disagreement with McCarthy.
“I totally disagree with the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, in that the Police Officer ‘Thug,’ who has had a very checkered past to begin with, was not just ‘doing his job’ when he shot and killed Great Patriot Ashli Babbitt at point blank range,” Trump wrote to Truth Social.
“Despite trying to keep him anonymous, shielded, and protected, this MISFIT proudly showed up on NBC Fake Nightly News ‘bragging’ about the killing. He was not a hero but a COWARD, who wanted to show how tough he was. ASHLI BABBITT WAS MURDERED!!!”
Babbitt was shot and killed during the January 6 protests by Lt. Michael Byrd at point-blank range, despite taking actions to stop protesters from breaching the Speaker’s Lobby.
Before her death, Babbitt was urging officers to stop the few violent protesters at the front, and even punched a protester who had broken a window.
“I’ve watched the videos of Ashli Babbitt’s murder,” Greene tweeted, also sharing Trump’s response to McCarthy.
“Yes she was inside the Capitol, but the only violence she committed was punching another J6’er in the face after he broke the window. Not an officer or lawmaker, she punched a J6’er & tried to stop them, then Byrd shot her.”
Despite clear proof that Babbitt was acting in the best interest of everyone involved in the situation, the U.S. Capitol Police Office of Professional Responsibility said Lt. Byrd’s behavior was legal and within department policy, according to a press release.
“The officer’s actions were consistent with the officer’s training and USCP policies and procedures,” the release states.