The husband of Jan. 6 protester Ashli Babbitt is speaking out on the anniversary of his wife’s death.
In an interview with TMZ, Aaron Babbitt said he believes his wife would be alive today if he had been with her on Jan. 6, 2021, when she was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer though she was unarmed.
“Nobody’s gonna watch over her or watch her back better than I could have,” he said.
“We never would have been in the Capitol for one…that never would have happened. I wouldn’t have gone in there. That’s not my scene,” he said, adding that neither one of them liked crowds and that he was shocked that his bride had gone inside the Capitol.
The Daily Mail adds:
Aaron said Ashli decided to go to DC on January 6 while the two were celebrating Christmas in Cabo in 2020. He then discovered that his wife had entered the Capitol and been injured after a friend called to say she saw Ashli possibly hurt on TV.
Describing himself as a ‘very vigilant person’ he thinks that he would have noticed that ‘something wrong was going on around there” and picked up on signs that the situation was escalating.
“I’m pretty sure I would have been able to pick that up pretty quickly,” Aaron said.
The first anniversary of the Capitol riot passed this Thursday and Aaron said he was happy to see his Ashli’s name trending on Twitter.
Although he has become accustomed to death threats and hate mail, Aaron wants to keep Ashli’s memory alive.
Ashli’s death has been a lightning rod in the debate over the Capitol riot, with Trump’s loyalists painting her as a patriotic martyr, and his detractors dismissing her as a conspiracy-spouting extremist.
Meanwhile, Ashli’s mother, Micki Witthoeft appeared with Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia on Thursday and said she believes her daughter was murdered.
“I feel like the Capitol Police need to change the way they do things, they operate with impunity, which I did not know until my daughter was publicly executed,” she said.
“This is not your playhouse or your private domain,” she said to House Speaker and California Rep. Nancy Pelosi.
“These surveillance cameras were put up to capture what happened that day, the American people have a right to see the 14,000 hours of footage,” she said.
“You’re not the queen, Nancy Pelosi. This is America’s 14,000 hours of missing footage. We have a right to see it,” she said.