Trump records birthday video for Ashli Babbitt, calls her an 'incredible person'

'As we celebrate her life, we renew our call for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt,' the former president said


                            Trump records birthday video for Ashli Babbitt, calls her an 'incredible person'
Former President Donald Trump wished Ashli Babbitt 'happy birthday' (Getty Images/ Scott Olson and Stephanie Keith)
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Former President Donald Trump wished the deceased Capitol rioter Ashli Babbitt "happy birthday." Babbitt was fatally shot during the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol building. He also demanded a re-investigation into her death by the Department of Justice (DOJ). Trump conveyed his message in a video, which was reportedly played at the 'Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt' rally on Sunday, October 10, organized by family and supporters in Freeport, Texas.

News2Share's Ford Fischer shared the rally’s footage on his Twitter account and told Insider that he was present at the rally and he took the video himself. Babbitt was an Air Force veteran and endorser of QAnon conspiracy theories — one among many to attack the Capitol building earlier this year when lawmakers gathered there to certify the victory of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden in the presidential election. She was shot as she attempted to enter a door that led to the House of Representatives on January 6.

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In the video, the 75-year-old Republican said: “Together, we grieve her terrible loss. There was no reason Ashli should've 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.”

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Melody Black, from Minnesota, becomes emotional as she visits a memorial setup near the US Capitol Building for Ashli Babbitt who was killed in the building after a pro-Trump mob broke in on January 07, 2021, in Washington, DC (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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A probe into the death of Babbitt was launched by the DOJ and in April, it was ruled that the unnamed cop who shot her took the violent step in self-defense and defense of other cops and members of Congress. He was officially acquitted in August after an internal investigation. A memo from the commander of the Capitol Police’s Office of Personal Responsibility stated “no further action will be taken in this matter” and the cop’s attorney, Mark Schamel, added: “The bravery shown by the Lieutenant in organizing and coordinating the defense of the House and its members and staff was nothing short of heroic. The Lieutenant’s conduct saved lives and helped to end the violent insurrection.”

Meanwhile, Trump’s message for Babbitt’s family has attracted a lot of attention as a Twitter user said, “What does that pompous, blithering idiot think there is to investigate? She was the first of angry mob of insurrectionists to jump through a door window they broke themselves, and posed a grave threat to members of Congress. She got shot for it, by a hero cop doing his job.” The second one tweeted, “We know what happened: she crawled through a broken window of a barricaded door into a highly secured government facility and encountered those charged with defending the building and its occupants. It's not that hard.” “His ‘unwavering support’ isn’t even worth a buck-oh-five. All his alliances are contingent on people being absurdly worshipful towards him, & the second they talk back to him … over the side they go,” the third one added.

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A person noted, “She wouldn’t have been there if he’d conceded! Reopen the investigation?  Really? Sure, so we can find out HE and only HE is responsible for her death!!” Another one asked, “Does he also offer his unwavering support to the families of the multitudes of Blacks and Latinos that have been shot by the cops and call for re-opening those investigations?”

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