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Mother of Ashli Babbitt, pro-Trump rioter killed in attack, joins Greene outside Capitol on anniversary

By Ellie Silverman Washington Post

The mother of Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump rioter who was killed when she stormed the Capitol last January, joined Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Thursday to talk about her daughter and criticize Capitol Police.

Micki Witthoeft stood next to Greene outside the Capitol and spoke about her daughter’s love of the country. “I miss her every day,” Witthoeft said in a video posted on social media. “I’m here because Americans do have the right to protest.”

She said her daughter came to Washington “to hear Donald Trump speak about a stolen election.” Witthoeft, blaming a “careless, reckless police officer” for her daughter’s death, delivered a broader attack on the Capitol Police force.

Babbitt was with a group battering the doors to the Speaker’s Lobby, the hallway outside the House chamber where some lawmakers and House staff members were sheltering.

Babbitt attempted to crawl through a shattered window pane in the doors. Lt. Michael Byrd, a 28-year veteran with the Capitol Police, fired a single shot at Babbitt, sending her tumbling backward onto the floor. Babbitt was hit in the shoulder and later died.

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