GOP Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia and former President Donald Trump have asserted that Ashli Babbitt, a woman fatally shot by a U.S. Capitol Police officer on Jan. 6, 2021, was “murdered.” But House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) has said that the officer was just doing his job.
Noting that Greene said Babbitt had been murdered, someone asked McCarthy whether he believed that Babbitt was murdered or if he thought that the officer was performing his job. McCarthy responded by saying that he thought the “officer did his job.”
Trump, who is running for president again, took to Truth Social to disagree with McCarthy, who he recently supported during a speaker election last month. Greene had also backed McCarthy during the drawn-out process. McCarthy finally clinched the speakership on the 15th round of voting.
“I totally disagree with the Speaker of the House, Kevin McCarthy, in that the Police Officer ‘Thug,’ who has had a very checkered past to begin with, was not just ‘doing his job’ when he shot and killed Great Patriot Ashli Babbitt at point blank range,” Trump wrote.
“Despite trying to keep him anonymous, shielded, and protected, this MISFIT proudly showed up on NBC Fake Nightly News ‘bragging’ about the killing. He was not a hero but a COWARD, who wanted to show how tough he was. ASHLI BABBITT WAS MURDERED!!!”
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