Trump Sends Heartfelt Video to Ashli Babbitt's Family: 'We Must All Demand Justice'
'Please know that her memory will live on in our hearts for all time'
Donald Trump sent a personal message to Ashli Babbitt's family on her birthday this weekend.
Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, would have turned 36 this weekend if she had not been shot and killed during the Capitol Hill riot on January 6.
According to a live broadcast of the event honoring Babbitt, it featured speeches decrying her untimely death at the hand of a Capitol police officer.
Trump's personal message hailed Babbitt as a "hero" who deserves justice.
"To Ashli's family and friends, please know that her memory will live on in our hearts for all time," Trump said.
"Ashli served our country in the United States Air Force for 14 years, where she was a security forces airman and eventually went on to achieve the rank of senior airman. She defended our nation overseas, including in Iraq to fight in the war on terror."
"On that horrible day of January 6, Ashli arrived at the United States Capitol," he continued.
"She was shot and tragically killed."
"Today would've been her birthday. Happy birthday, Ashli."
Ashlii Babbitt’s family held an event today on her birthday, and Trump actually sent them a video message. This .. is ... unbelievable. “There was no reason Ashlii should have lost her life that day. We must all demand justice for Ashlii and her family.” pic.twitter.com/DpRMhkgCVa— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) October 10, 2021
Earlier this year, an investigation cleared the officer (Michael Byrd) of shooting Babbitt, who was unarmed, claiming he acted lawfully.
USCP's Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) said the Byrd actions were lawful and within Department policy.
Officer Michael Byrd told NBC he showed "the utmost courage" on January 6.
"I had been yelling and screaming as loud as I was, 'Please stop. Get back. Get back. Stop.' We had our weapons drawn," he said.
"I was again taking a tactical stance."
"You're ultimately hoping your commands will be complied with, and unfortunately, they were not," he added.
Byrd argued Babbitt was "posing a threat to the House of Representatives" when she tried to climb through a barricade into the Speaker's Lobby.
But Trump said there was "no reason" for Ashli to have lost her life, and offered "unwavering support" for her family's quest for justice.
"There was no reason Ashli should've lost her life that day," Trump said.
"We must all demand justice for Ashli and her family. So on this solemn occasion, as we celebrate her life, we renew our call for a fair and nonpartisan investigation into the death of Ashli Babbitt."
"I offer my unwavering support to Ashli's family and call on the Department of Justice to reopen its investigation into her death on Jan. 6."
Folowing Babbit's death, Trump spoke with her mother.
"If that happened to the 'other side,' there would be riots all over America, and yet, there are far more people represented by Ashli, who truly loved America, than there are on the other side," Trump said.
"The Radical Left haters cannot be allowed to get away with this. There must be justice!"
Earlier this year, Babbitt's family lawyer claimed she was "ambushed" by the Capitol Police officer before being shot.
According to Real Clear Investigations, Babbitt’s family lawyer, Terry Roberts, said he believes the officer didn’t give Ashli Babbitt verbal warnings before shooting her dead.
"It’s not debatable. There was no warning," Roberts alleged.