And what's worse, is that he's proud of it. What if he had just pushed he back through the window into the arms of the cops who were standing behind her? As we were warned, Michael Byrd, widely, and yet unofficially known as the only person kill anyone at the Jan. 6 Capitol incursion, went on NBC for a tongue bath from Lester Holt:
The veteran US Capitol Police officer who shot and killed Ashli Babbitt during the Jan. 6 riot defended his actions Thursday, telling NBC News that “I was doing my job” and insisting that Babbitt was a threat to lawmakers and congressional staff on that fateful day.
Lt. Michael Byrd came forward days after he was exonerated from any wrongdoing in Babbitt’s death by an internal use-of-force probe.
The 28-year veteran shot Babbitt, an Air Force veteran and devotee of the QAnon conspiracy theory, as she attempted to enter the Speaker’s Lobby via a broken door. The officer told NBC News’ Lester Holt that seconds before he fired his weapon, he had been screaming at Babbitt and her fellow rioters to “please stop” and “get back.”
“You’re ultimately hoping that your commands will be complied with,” Byrd said, “and unfortunately, they were not.”
When Holt asked Byrd what he thought Babbitt was doing when he shot her, the officer responded bluntly: “She was posing a threat to the House of Representatives.”
and complained about threats:
Despite going into hiding since the riot, Byrd said he has received death threats from diehard Trump supporters who have guessed at his identity.He should enjoy a long conversation with Derek Chauvin. Capt. Ed at Hot Hair adds Babbitt shooter: "I believe I showed the utmost courage ... I saved countless lives". Yes, from zero to zero is countless. At Da Mail, ‘Suck it up': Ashli Babbitt's widower reveals he gets ten death threats a day and blasts Capitol cop who killed his wife after he complained about threats to his life.
“They talked about, you know, killing me, cutting off my head, you know, very vicious and cruel things,” he said. “There were some racist attacks as well. It’s all disheartening, because I know I was doing my job.”
Trump earlier this month said that Babbitt was “murdered at the hands of someone who should never have pulled the trigger of his gun” and called for “justice.”
. . . the bill cynically adopts into federal law every losing argument advanced by the vast leftwing elections industry to courts across the country for years. Every theory rejected by the courts has been enshrined in HR 4. The bill also hands control of our elections over to the radical leftwing attorneys in the Voting Section of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Steven Greenhut at Am Spec speculates about Power to the Judges! "When voters defy them, Democrats go to the courts to subvert the will of the people."
At Breitbart, AZ AG to Maricopa County: Comply with Election Audit Subpoena or Lose State Funding. That'll get their attention; money talks, bullshit walks.
Via the Wombat's In The Mailbox: 08.27.21, Mike LeChance at LI regales how VA Republicans Sue to Remove Terry McAuliffe From Governor Ballot Over Failure to Sign Candidacy Declaration "“Terry McAuliffe’s clear violation of the law severely jeopardizes the integrity of our elections in Virginia” also at Da Wire, Dem Candidate For Virginia Governor Forgot To Sign Form Making Him A Valid Candidate, Complaint Says. If it seems relentlessly picky, it probably is, but you could count on Democrats doing it to Republicans if the roles were reversed.
At The Center Square, Concerns mount over voter fraud in Newsom recall election. 20 million ballots mailed out; what could go wrong?
California Republicans are raising concerns about potential ballot fraud in the recall election of Gov. Gavin Newsom after the Secretary of State’s Office sent out mail ballots to 20 million voters.
The ballots were mailed after the state legislature passed a measure for them to be sent to every registered voter regardless if they asked for one.
“Legislators are as desperate as Newsom to stop the recall,” Assemblyman Kevin Kiley, R-Rocklin, said. “The one thing they respond to is the fear of losing their jobs. They know that when the governor loses his job, it will be a whole new ball game.”
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