The mother of Ashli Babbitt, who was killed by a Capitol Police officer during the Jan. 6 riot, is lambasting the U.S. Air Force over the service’s refusal to provide her veteran daughter a military burial.
While anti-Trump leftists often spew hate and vitriol at a person who is a “hero” to many, especially her mother Micki Witthoeft, she told Newsmax TV it is the Air Force turning its back on her that just added fuel to the fire
“I think the military disrespected her,” Witthoeft told John Tabacco on Saturday night’s “Wise Guys.”
“We had some proud patriots who did a flag service for her and play taps, and it was a beautiful service, but to be told by the Air Force that she didn’t qualify for participating in Jan. 6, that was a slap in the face,” she added.
Babbitt was shot and killed by Lt. Michael Byrd as she attempted to climb through a broken window on a door that led to a sensitive room outside the House chamber. Critics have regularly pointed out that she wasn’t armed and that the left has repeatedly attacked police officers around the country who shoot and kill unarmed Americans, especially those of color.
“To me, that was just so disrespectful and no reason for it,” Witthoeft said of the Air Force’s decision.
“In my heart, she’s a hero,” Witthoeft told Tabacco. “But I don’t need everyone to see her that way. I just need people to know that she had goodness in her heart and she had patriotic thoughts in her heart and not insurrection.”
Newsmax adds: “Witthoeft rejected the narratives that the protest at the Capitol on Jan. 6 was meant to be anything more than an expression of disapproval in how COVID-19 election changes were abused to tilt the election against former President Donald Trump.”
“At this point, I think it should be libelous to push that [insurrection] narrative forward, because nobody’s been charged with insurrection – not one person that was there that day,” Witthoeft, in her first TV interview since her daughter was killed, told the network.
“Some people are still in jail for 10 months for doing nothing more than carrying a flag,” she added.
“She was a brave, quintessential American woman, independent, pragmatic – you know, if there was a problem in front of her she was going to solve it,” Witthoeft said, adding she “answered the call for her country several times,” serving four tours of duty overseas in the Middle East.
“She answered President Trump’s call to go and protest the election, and that’s because she felt like that’s where she should be,” Witthoeft said.
“I miss her. This country misses her. She was a true patriot.”