There still is so much we don’t know about the Capitol police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt, and we likely won’t hear anything for quite a while; as his name still hasn’t been released.
But this little snippet that GOP Rep. Markwayne Mullin revealed about the officer definitely gives us some more insight.
And it’s not good…
According to Mullin, the officer was “obviously distraught” after shooting and killing an unarmed vet and Mullin responded to that by giving the officer a “hug” and telling him that he did what he “needed to do.”
.@REPMULLIN ON POLICE OFFICER WHO FATALLY SHOT WOMAN IN CAPITOL ON JANUARY 6TH: “AFTER IT HAPPENED, HE CAME OVER. HE WAS PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DISTRAUGHT. I ACTUALLY GAVE HIM A HUG AND I SAID, ‘SIR, YOU DID WHAT YOU HAD TO DO.’” PIC.TWITTER.COM/QSWZGILMS7
— CSPAN (@CSPAN) JULY 23, 2021
“I KNOW FOR A FACT BECAUSE AFTER IT HAPPENED, HE CAME OVER. HE WAS PHYSICALLY AND EMOTIONALLY DISTRAUGHT. I ACTUALLY GAVE HIM A HUG AND SAID, ‘SIR, YOU DID WHAT YOU HAD TO DO.’”
MULLIN CONTINUED: “HE WAS DOING HIS JOB. HE GOT PUT IN A SITUATION WHERE HE HAD TO DO HIS JOB BECAUSE THERE WERE (HOUSE) MEMBERS STILL IN THE BALCONY.
“AND IF YOU’RE GOING TO PRESENT YOUR WEAPON…AND GIVE COMMANDS AND THEY STILL DON’T LISTEN AND THEY STILL APPROACH, YOU DON’T HAVE A CHOICE. EITHER YOU HAVE TO AT THAT POINT DISCHARGE YOUR WEAPON IN…SELF-DEFENSE OR THAT WEAPON IS GOING TO BE TAKEN AWAY FROM YOU, IT’S GOING TO BE USED ON YOU AND PUT ALL OF OUR LIVES IN DANGER TOO.”
HIS COMMENTS CONTRAST SHARPLY WITH THE FORMER PRESIDENT WHO HAS OPENLY GONE ON THE ATTACK OVER BABBITT’S DEATH AND TURNED THE FATAL SHOOTING INTO A PARTISAN TALKING POINT.
EARLIER THIS MONTH, TRUMP SPOKE ABOUT THE RIOT IN AN INTERVIEW WITH FOX NEWS HOST MARIA BARTIROMO AND CLAIMED THE OFFICER WHO SHOT BABBITT WAS “A DEMOCRAT.”
HE SAID: “WHO SHOT ASHLI BABBITT? WHY ARE THEY KEEPING THAT SECRET? WHO WAS THE PERSON THAT SHOT AN INNOCENT, WONDERFUL, INCREDIBLE WOMAN, A MILITARY WOMAN?”
TRUMP ADDED: “I’VE HEARD ALSO THAT IT WAS THE HEAD OF SECURITY FOR A CERTAIN HIGH OFFICIAL, A DEMOCRAT. AND WE’LL SEE BECAUSE IT’S GOING TO COME OUT.”