Babbitt, 35, loved his country and was a strong supporter of U.S. President Trump, her husband Aaron Babbitt said in interviews with local media. His Twitter posts and retweets support Trump’s false claims that he was defeated because Democrats painstakingly rigged the November 3 election.
Excited to attend the Trump rally
The @Ashli_Babbitt Twitter account, which includes photos of her, has shared numerous posts in recent weeks, signaling her excitement about attending the Trump rally on January 6.
The day before, she wrote: “Nothing will stop us… they can try and try but the storm is here and it’s coming down to DC in less than 24 hours… dark to light! ”
At Wednesday’s rally near the White House, Trump gave an inflammatory speech filled with lies for more than an hour that ended with exhortations to his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. Shortly after, some of them began to force their way through the barricades and into the building as Congress gathered to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Videos of the shooting recorded by people at the scene show a woman draped in a Trump flag climbing over a door with shattered glass windows during a chaotic confrontation between Trump-supporting intruders and police in an ornate hallway on Capitol Hill.
A Capitol policeman on the other side of the door then draws his handgun, and the woman – whose appearance matches that in Babbitt’s photos – falls back to the floor, bleeding profusely and visibly in shock. People around her are screaming and trying to heal her injuries.
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U.S. Capitol Police confirmed in a statement Thursday that a woman identified as Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by an officer as protesters made their way into the chamber. They said she later died from her injuries in a hospital.
Ran Pool Cleaning Service
Babbitt lived in Maryland before moving to San Diego, California, where she ran a pool cleaning service with her husband, according to public records.
Her husband told Fox 5 News in San Diego that she traveled with friends to Washington, although he did not join them, and that he texted her checking her status about 30 minutes before the shooting. , but that he never got an answer.
“She loved her country and she was doing what she thought was right to support her country, joining like-minded people who also love their president and their country,” he told Fox 5. “ She was voicing her opinion and she got killed for it. ”
Served in the US Air Force
Babbitt served in the U.S. Air Force as a senior aviator while on active duty from 2004 to 2008, the Air Force said in a statement. She also served in the Air Force Reserve between 2008 and 2010, and in the Air National Guard from 2010 to 2016, the statement said.
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She served in the military with her ex-husband, Timothy McEntee, and has done at least one tour of Iraq, Sean McEntee, her former brother-in-law, said in a telephone interview. He said he felt “shock and sadness” at the news of his death.
Babbitt posted a photo of herself on Twitter at a Trump boat rally in September, smiling with another person, both wearing tops bearing the slogans and images of QAnon, a conspiracy theory type sprawling cult that has been embraced by some Trump supporters.
QAnon supporters believe claims from one or more unidentified people posting on message boards as “Q” say Trump is secretly fighting a cabal of child sex predators that includes powerful American elites.
Robin Babbitt, who identified herself as Ashli Babbitt’s mother-in-law on Twitter on Thursday, wrote: “I can’t stop crying… She was such a nice person and a serious military man. Strong, intelligent, kind. ”
The officer who killed Babbitt, whose identity has not been released, is on administrative leave as the shooting is investigated, Capitol Police said in a statement.