Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, a do-or-die believer in President Trump, gave her life for his lies.
Babbitt, an outspoken Trump supporter on social media, knew where she needed to be Wednesday morning: Our nation’s capital, raising her voice to support his desperate last-ditch bid to overturn the November election results.
“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,” the San Diego Trump supporter tweeted on Tuesday.
One day later, Babbitt, 35, was shot dead in D.C. — mortally wounded by a police officer’s bullet inside the U.S. Capitol as she joined rioters, fired up by Trump’s incendiary rhetoric at a “Save America Rally,” in storming the nation’s citadel of freedom.
Babbitt appeared an unlikely martyr for the president’s efforts to overturn his election defeat by Joe Biden. The 35-year-old married woman was a 14-year military hero, serving in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air Force and pulling tours in Kuwait and Qatar with the National Guard.
Yet Babbitt fully embraced the president’s right-wing politics on social media, criticizing Democratic politicians like New York Senator Chuck Schumer and his California counterpart Sen. Kamala Harris while supporting discredited conspiracy theorist Lin Wood and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.
Other tweets indicated support of QAnon, the group known for spinning bogus conspiracy theories, and one featured her wearing a “We are Q” shirt.
Her Twitter handle was “CommonAshSense,” and her last retweets included plugs for the Wednesday rally in Washington and a “stop the steal” message, along with remarks from Donald Trump Jr. and recently-pardoned Gen. Michael Flynn.
Babbitt, who lived 15 minutes from the Tijuana border, posted videos where she offered support for Trump’s Mexican wall and ripped politicians for their inaction on the project.
“Everybody wants immigration, but we need to do it in the right and correct way,” she declared, her voice rising, in one of several video clips posted online. “This is getting out of control. I am so tired of this. I am woke, man!”
In another, she complained about the lax security at the Mexican border and blasted the media for spreading lies about the people seeking to enter the United States.
“The border is an absolute s—show,” she declared in the clip.
Her ex-husband of 14 years Timothy McEntee recalled Babbitt as a patriot who “loved America with all her heart.”
Babbitt, before moving to southern California, ran into some legal issues in recent years while living in Huntington, Md. Court documents indicate she was cleared in 2016 on charges of damaging another woman’s car. She faced additional misdemeanor counts of reckless endangerment and destruction of property the same year, while she was served with a restraining order the next year.
The resolution of those charges was unclear.
She remarried last year after her divorce, finding love a second time and running a small California pool service and supply business with her new husband. And then she headed east for the last time, joining her fellow MAGA believers for the rally turned riot.
When Babbitt was shot, the rioters — some of them armed — were nearing the chamber where members of Congress sought refuge from the rampant insanity, authorities said Thursday.
“Ashli was both loyal as well as extremely passionate about what she believed in,” her brother-in-law Justin Jackson told San Diego-based KNSD-TV. “She loved this country and felt honored to have served in our Armed Forces.”