Donald Trump slams Capitol riot and concedes election to Biden
Chaos ensued in Washington DC this week as violent rioters descended on the Capitol as part of an attempted insurrection following Donald Trump’s election defeat in November. Four people have now been reported dead following the attempted insurrection on Wednesday, which the outgoing President did little to nothing to stop the Far-Right assailants from gathering in his name.
Ashli Babbitt was just one of those killed when violent Trump supporters broke entry into the building following the result of the Georgia state play off.
As Representatives and senators were holding a joint session of Congress on Wednesday afternoon, thousands of people swarmed the building and besieged the chamber in harrowing acts of violence.
Despite the terrifying disruption, lawmakers have continued the certification of President-Elect Joe Biden’s win in the November election, one of the most hotly contested in recent memory.
So far 68 people have been arrested and four have died: one woman, Ashli Babbit, died from being shot by law enforcement as she attempted to breach the chamber.
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Footage from the scene shows Ms Babbitt, wearing snow boots, jeans and a Trump flag wrapped around herself like a cape, and other rioters smashing glass on the door leading to the Speaker’s Lobby inside the Capitol.
She can be heard shouting “Go! Go!” before being lifted by two men to put her head through the broken window.
A plainclothes police officer fires his weapon and Ms Babbitt is seen to fall back into the crowd.
One eyewitness said they told Ms Babbitt there were guns on the other side of the door and for her not to climb through.
They said: “A number of police and Secret Service were saying ‘Get back, get down, get out of the way.
“She didn’t heed the call and as we kind of raced up to grab people and pull them back, they shot her in the neck.”
She was taken to hospital where she later died from her injuries.
Representative Markwayne Mullin, who was inside the chamber when the Ashli and the mob tried to enter, said the police officer who fired “didn’t have a choice.”
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He told Good Morning America: “The mob was going to come through the door, there was a lot of members and staff that were in danger at the time.
“And when he [drew] his weapon, that’s a decision that’s very hard for anyone to make and, once you draw your weapon like that, you have to defend yourself with deadly force.”
“His actions well may be judged in a lot of different ways moving forward, but his actions I believe saved people’s lives even more.
“Unfortunately, it did take one though.”
Three other people died from “medical emergencies” during Wednesday’s siege of the Capitol, according to the Washington DC police chief, Robert Contee.
Who was Ashli Babbitt?
Ms Babbitt, a former American Air Force veteran, was a Donald Trump supporter from San Diego, California.
Her ex-husband Timothy McEntee said: “She had a personality that you either loved or hated.
“She wasn’t apologetic about it… she was proud of it, just like she was proud of her country and proud to be an American.”
A self-described “veteran and a libertarian”, she would frequently share conspiracy theories online and express extreme right views to her Twitter followers.
Her social media feed was a torrent of messages celebrating President Trump and other Far Right ideologies; QAnon conspiracy theories; and tirades against immigration, drugs and Democratic leaders in California.
She also appeared to embrace conspiracy theories that hospitals are claiming fake coronavirus patients.
Ms Babbit had been planning to attend the violent demonstration for several weeks according to her social media accounts.
The day before she died, she posted: “Nothing will stop us. They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours.”
Those close to Ms Babbitt have expressed shock at her death.
Her brother-in-law Justin said: “Ashli was both loyal as well as extremely passionate about what she believed in.
“She loved this country and felt honoured to have served in our Armed Forces.”
The officer who shot Ms Babbitt has been placed on administrative leave but they have not been identified.
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