In the past few weeks, Donald Trump has become increasingly obsessed with Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt, who was taking part in the Capitol riot, was shot trying to break through a barricade.
Republican lawmakers and media are now trying to portray Babbitt as a martyr. And according to a new report, Trump had planned this days after the uprising.
A source told the Daily Beast: “Trump has privately complained that he didn’t lower the flag. The report said that he only made the private comments two weeks ago.
And while Trump had to be dissuaded from lowering the flag for one of the rioters, he didn’t want that for Capitol policeman Brian Sicknick. Even Chris Christie beat up Trump for the delay, saying, “I mean, it’s a national shame … that the flag in the White House is not a half-staff for this Capitol Hill Police Officer who sacrificed his life to protect one of our democratic institutions. “
Trump, on the other hand, continues to ardently talk about Babbitt. During a weekend appearance on Maria Bartiromo’s show, he asked: “Who was the person who shot an innocent, wonderful, incredible woman? I’m telling you, you know who shot Ashley Babbitt. You are protecting that person. I also heard that it was the chief security officer of a certain senior official – a Democrat. “
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He enjoys sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.