Social Media Debates If Ashli Babbitt – Gunned Down In Capitol – Was ‘Patriot’ Or Insurrectionist’


Police in Washington DC say four people died during Wednesday’s protests by Trump supporters. Three people died during “medical emergencies” and a fourth – Ashli Babbitt – was shot dead in the Capitol building.

A woman who was shot while storming the US Capitol on Wednesday, 6 January, has been named as Ashli Babbitt, a US Air Force veteran from San Diego, California.

She was shot once, according to video footage which has emerged on social media, as she climbed through a broken window panel into a secure area of the building where Congressmen and women were about to confirm Joe Biden as the next President.

​Babbitt, 35, was one of thousands of Trump supporters who had descended upon the buildings after the outgoing President told them he would “never concede” defeat.

​Details are now emerging about who Babbitt was and there has been a very mixed reaction on social media, with her being described as either a “patriot”, “insurrectionist” or even a “terrorist” depending on the political views of those on Twitter.

​San Diego TV station KUSI said Babbitt, who lived in Ocean Beach, served for 14 years with the US Air Force and added: “She was a strong supporter of President Trump.”

​On Twitter Babbitt identified herself as a veteran and on Tuesday, 5 January, she tweeted: “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….dark to light!”


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