Ashli Babbitt was killed by police during the incursion at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Former President Donald Trump is asking the question of so many.
“Who shot Ashli Babbitt?” Trump just wrote Thursday in an email to his supporters, the Washington Examiner reported. The identity of the officer who shot Babbitt — and many more details — are still a mystery months after the event.
Thousands of Trump supporters breached the Capitol building that day as the Electoral College votes were being certified in the chambers. Babbitt was among the throng and was shot as she attempted to make her way through a window into the House Chamber.
The unnamed officer was not charged in the killing and even the family has not been told the officer’s name. They’re planning a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against the Capitol Police as well as further legal action to reveal the officer’s identity.
It appeared that Trump was tapping into the controversy surrounding her death and the government’s reluctance to release any information about the officer who killed the 35-year-old Navy veteran. The former president has been blamed for the unrest and was subjected to a second impeachment even though he was just days from leaving office, the New York Times reported.
It was clear in the immediate aftermath that Democrats were eager to use the incident as one last way to club Trump and paint all of his supporters as radical insurrectionists. They’ve continued this theme even with Trump out of office, proposing legislation to form an investigative committee similar to the 9/11 Commission, Fox News reported.
However, despite all of the posturing about getting to the bottom of what happened that day, details about Babbitt’s death have been kept tightly under wraps. This is in stark contrast to other police shootings where the cop involved often becomes a household name.
It seems Trump has perfectly summed up a sentiment held by many conservatives and brought attention to an important issue. Babbitt’s family has a right to know what happened that day — and so does America.