Former President Donald Trump wished Ashli Babbitt a happy birthday and called for the Department of Justice to re-open the investigation into her death during a Texas rally in her honor.
In a video message played at the rally, Trump also said that he offers his “unwavering support” to her family and said that there was “no reason” she should have lost her life.
“I offer my unwavering support to Ashli’s family— And call on the DOJ to re-open the investigation into her death on January 6th.”
EXCLUSIVE: President Trump wishes Ashli Babbitt a Happy Birthday at the Texas Loves Ashli Babbitt Rally.
“I offer my unwavering support to Ashli’s family— And call on the DOJ to re-open the investigation into her death on January 6th” pic.twitter.com/VWhFUMtpcg
— Tayler Hansen (@TaylerUSA) October 10, 2021
Babbitt’s killer, Lt. Michael Byrd broke his silence and confirmed his identity with an on-camera interview with MSNBC in August. The Capitol Police previously refused to confirm the shooter’s name, even though it was reported all over the right-wing media, including by the Gateway Pundit.
During his MSNBC appearance, Byrd said that he saved “countless lives” by killing Babbitt, who was unarmed. He also complained that he has been getting death threats since killing the Air Force veteran. The officer said that it was “disheartening” and that he was simply “doing my job.”
He whined that since killing her he has faced death threats and is scared.
The DOJ has declined to prosecute him.
Babbitt’s husband responded to Byrd in an appearance on Tucker Carlson, saying that the officer needs to “suck it up.”
“I don’t even want to hear him talk about how he’s getting death threats and he’s scared,” Aaron Babbitt said. “I’ve been getting death threats since Jan. 7 — two, three, five, 10 a day — and all I did on Jan. 6 was become a widower. So, you’re going to have to suck it up, bud, and take it.”
During a rally in July, Trump noted that the death would have been treated far differently if she had protesting on the other side.
“If that were on the other side, the person that did the shooting would be strung up and hung,” Trump said.
TRUMP: “Who shot Ashli Babbitt? We all saw the hand, we saw the gun.” pic.twitter.com/1vlYSiI85C
— National File (@NationalFile) July 4, 2021