President Trump was right:
Washington D.C. is a swamp.
And the swamp goes far and wide.
Unfortunately, the swamp creatures include many Republicans.
Establishment Republicans and Never-Trump Republicans have been against the MAGA agenda every step of the way.
We have evidence that they literally celebrated when one of President Trump’s supporters died.
Republican Representative Markwayne Mullin went on CSPAN and revealed his experience on January 6th.
Not only did he HUG the person who killed Ashli Babbitt, Mullin also told him that he did the right thing.
In case you don’t believe us, watch the CSPAN clip for yourself below:
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Ashli Babbitt was unarmed.
We all kn ow what the media and the left would be saying if she were an unarmed black male.
Red State is one of the few news outlets to cover this story:
C-Span is going to be running a series on the Capitol riot with interviews from 14 different members of Congress.
They’re literally trying to stretch it out like it’s a TV series. I wonder if they have one for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and what she went through in her office a quarter of a mile away?
The first clip that I’ve seen involves an interview with Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK). He explains how he hugged the Capitol Police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt and told him that he “did what he had to.”
From a legal and factual point of view, there are big problems with that statement that he “did what he had to.” But part of the problem is that we are limited in the information that we have been provided because the Capitol Police, unlike every other police shooting, have not released all the facts, they haven’t released all the information or video that they have and we haven’t been able to hear the officer’s reasoning for the shooting. They haven’t even told us his name, although as I reported, his name was accidentally mentioned during a Zoom hearing when Capitol official Timothy Blodgett refers to Officer Byrd. Real Clear Investigation identified him as Lt. Michael Byrd.
From a legal point of view, generally speaking, when you look at police use of deadly force, you look at whether the officer faced a threat to his life or the lives of others, or a risk of significant bodily harm. The problem here is that she wasn’t threatening physical harm to him or anyone else from the video we have. Yes, other people in the crowd elsewhere were. But what’s interesting here is that when there were three officers standing there blocking the doorway, the police were not being attacked (although people were smashing the glass and breaking things) but she wasn’t attacking anyone nor was she even breaking through anything. You can hear people yelling they don’t want to hurt anyone they just want to get inside. So at the point he shot her, the only apparent crime may have been an illegal entry, basically a trespass, which is a misdemeanor. How do we know whether of not she would have been a threat to him? Well, we can judge by how she treated the other officers. There’s also a Congressional official standing there near her against the wall. She isn’t bothering him either.
It’s not at all clear that the officer warned her that he would fire. I can’t hear it on the video, but then everyone else is yelling. He may have. But if I didn’t hear it, perhaps she didn’t either, even if he did yell. But I don’t hear it on the video. There seems to be no questioning of why there wasn’t less-than-lethal force used.
But here’s maybe the biggest point — and when I watch it, I find it troubling. Because factually, the killing of Ashli Babbitt was so unnecessary, no, he “didn’t do what he had to do.” Why? Because virtually the second after she is shot and falls back onto the floor, you can see a tactical officer behind her reach out to her. What does that mean? That means that when the three officers left the front of the doors to the speaker’s lobby they did so presumably after the members had cleared the area. They were told they could go, that’s why they left. The tactical officers were coming up the stairs, presumably to take their place and hold the protesters back. Had Byrd just waited literally a couple of seconds, they would have been there. You can see it on the video.
This revelation comes on the heals of Ashli Babbitt’s mom being hailed a hero at the latest Trump rally.
When Trump spoke in Arizona, Babbitt’s mom received a standing applause.
But that’s not all:
The crowd of thousands began chanting Ashli’s name.
Despite the fact that Ashli was unarmed…
Despite the fact that she was a veteran who proudly served our country…
She was murdered in cold blood.
And now a Republican Congressman is proudly claiming he congratulated the officer.
Newsweek also confirms the story:
Representative Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) has defended the Capitol Police officer who shot rioter Ashli Babbitt, parting with former President Donald Trump’s version of events.
Speaking on C-Span for its January 6 Views From the House show, ahead of its Sunday release, Rep. Mullin firmly defended the officer’s actions in the Capitol as rioters stormed the building.
Mullin broke from Trump’s condemnation of the officer and said: “He was the last person in the world whoever wanted to use force like that and he wasn’t prone to do that.
“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.”
Babbitt, 35, was an Air Force veteran who shared numerous social media posts about the QAnon conspiracy theory and also posted pro-Trump messages.
In a statement, the Justice Department said it did not find evidence the officer violated federal laws or information that conflicted with his account that he believed the shot had to be taken.
The release said: “Officials examined video footage posted on social media, statements from the officer involved and other officers and witnesses to the events, physical evidence from the scene of the shooting and the results of the shooting.”
It added: “Based on that investigation, officials determined that there is insufficient evidence to support a criminal prosecution.”
We all know that if a cop shot a Democrat, there would be riots in the street.
Major cities would be burning down as we speak.
But because a Trump supporter was shot, it appears that even Republican Congressman are lining up to thank the officer.