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Thursday, January 07, 2021

The woman shot dead as a mob of President Donald Trump's supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has been identified by her family as an Air Force vet who was an outspoken supporter of Trump. Babbitt supported the violent pro-Trump QAnon conspiracy theory, according to her Twitter account. In total, Babbitt sent 21 tweets referencing the QAnon slogan, starting in February 2020.

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On Jan. 5, a day before her death, Babbitt tweeted references to another QAnon slogan, "dark to light," and said the United States would soon see "The Storm"--a moment much awaited by QAnon followers, in which Trump would execute his opponents in the Democratic Party.

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Another video has emerged that shows a Secret Service agent or plainclothes Capitol police officer shooting the woman as she climbs through a broken window into the Speaker's Lobby (warning -- this is graphic):

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"The man who shot her looks like Secret Service, not Capitol Police. The agent has a saferoom behind him. Given the location, he may be standing in between Mike Pence (who was at the Capitol today) and the crowd who've been openly planning to lynch the Vice President." -- Chad Loder, who has been covering unrest on Twitter

#1 | Posted by rcade at 2021-01-07 08:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Womp womp.. mess with the bull, get the horn.

#2 | Posted by HeeHaw at 2021-01-07 08:49 AM | Reply

It's extremely sad that this woman died but she was breaking into a barricaded area of the U.S. Capitol as a cop or agent armed with a gun was protecting it. There were hundreds of Congress members and people in the line of presidential succession in that building. Some could have been in that area sheltering in place.

What did those insurrectionists expect to happen as they got close to political leaders and their security detail?

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2021-01-07 08:53 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

oh well... big loss... Q-Anon Conspiracy Freak.

#4 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-01-07 08:54 AM | Reply

Well Trumpibunkerboi invited her and others... said he would be with them when they went... sooooooooo I guess she felt it was permission to break a window or two... since no one gave her a key.

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-01-07 09:14 AM | Reply

What did those insurrectionists expect to happen as they got close to political leaders and their security detail?

There isn't a shred of doubt in my mind that had any of this mob managed to get within shouting distance of Mike Pence in the Capitol building during the siege and sacking yesterday we'd be talking about mass shooting deaths right now.

Homey (the Secret Service) don't play that.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-01-07 09:14 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Like many Covid deaths, this person died for a hoax...

#7 | Posted by catdog at 2021-01-07 09:23 AM | Reply

What did those insurrectionists expect to happen as they got close to political leaders and their security detail?

#3 | Posted by rcade

That they would return home and find they'd won Publisher's Clearing House.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-07 09:39 AM | Reply

Trump or one of his loyalist henchmen is responsible for making the Capitol Police stand down yesterday. If you want a coup d'tat, it's a big thing on your list of To Do's.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-07 09:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"coup d'tat", I think. Pardon my French.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2021-01-07 09:45 AM | Reply

"coup d'tat", I think. Pardon my French.

#10 | POSTED BY ZED AT 2021-01-07 09:45 AM | FLAG: OUI

Think of it as the first step of a "frog march".

#11 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2021-01-07 09:59 AM | Reply

@#10

It's coup d'etat.

Etat means "state," the "d" contraction means "of."

The leading "s" in English sometimes turns to an "e" in French, e.g., ecole - school.


#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-07 10:19 AM | Reply

Trump finally got his shooting on Pennsylvania ave.

And he will get away with it.

Just like he said.

Promises made. Promises kept.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-01-07 10:24 AM | Reply

Before she was shot, she was poisoned.. by media she chose to consume and be radicalized by.

#14 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-01-07 11:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

More like coup d'derp

#15 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2021-01-07 11:50 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Radicalized Terrorist Terminated.
All expenses paid vacation for the hero shooter.

#16 | Posted by bored at 2021-01-07 12:02 PM | Reply

It's extremely sad that this woman died

No, it's not.

#17 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-07 12:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump or one of his loyalist henchmen is responsible for making the Capitol Police stand down yesterday.

I'm trying to avoid falling into the trap the insurrectionists live in, namely that of conspiracy theories.

They were under completely outnumbered, particularly once the building was breached. There wasn't a ton they could do at that point.

Now the fact that there was so little security despite it being known that that gathering was happening? That's a question that deserves answers.

#18 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-07 12:10 PM | Reply

JPW, having seen a video of the police REMOVING barriers so the insurrectionists can enter the capital makes me seriously think that it was more than just a numbers issue.

#19 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-01-07 12:13 PM | Reply

As more video comes out it's becoming clear that many in the capital yesterday don't really understand the gravity of what they were participating in. It really is as if it was a video game in their head and there was a reset button when necessary.

For instance, people in the video of Babit being shot start yelling "f*&^ you! They just murdered somebody!" as if breaching a Secret Service barricade wasn't going to result in anything.

Or this idiot

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It's almost as if she can't compute why partaking in her "revolution" would result in her getting pushed and pepper sprayed and decides "this sucks, I'm going home."

#20 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-07 12:15 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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And, in my mind, the Capitol, the WH, the Supreme Court buildings are all locations where the police should go to the mat to defend.

#21 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-01-07 12:16 PM | Reply

"On Jan. 5, a day before her death, she tweeted references to another QAnon slogan, "dark to light," and said the United States would soon see "The Storm""a moment much awaited by QAnon followers, in which Trump would execute his opponents in the Democratic Party.

Babbitt, like other QAnon followers gathered outside Congress on Wednesday, appeared to believe that the apocalyptic moment was at hand."

Cult? Nah...

#22 | Posted by schifferbrains at 2021-01-07 12:16 PM | Reply

pepper sprayed and decides "this sucks, I'm going home."

#20 | POSTED BY JPW

How dare law enforcement attempt to protect their posts! I'm here to party like it's 1814!" (British burned the Capitol).

#23 | Posted by GOnoles92 at 2021-01-07 12:18 PM | Reply

Keep in mind that the Capitol police, and essentially no one knew how yesterday was going to play out. Insurrectionist were, in their own words, starting a revolution and a civil war. The police would have been fully justified in using deadly force as soon as the insurrectionists moved to breach the building. As I see it, many people don't take this movement seriously enough.

When someone tells you who they are, believe them. If someone tells you they are starting a revolution or civil war, take them deadly seriously.

#24 | Posted by truthhurts at 2021-01-07 12:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"If someone tells you they are starting a revolution or civil war, take them deadly seriously."

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#25 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2021-01-07 12:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

@#25 ... "If someone tells you they are starting a revolution or civil war, take them deadly seriously." ...

Capitol Rioters Planned for Weeks in Plain Sight. The Police Weren't Ready.
www.propublica.org

...The invasion of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was stoked in plain sight. For weeks, the far-right supporters of President Donald Trump railed on social media that the election had been stolen. They openly discussed the idea of violent protest on the day Congress met to certify the result.

"We came up with the idea to occupy just outside the CAPITOL on Jan 6th," leaders of the Stop the Steal movement wrote on Dec. 23. They called their Wednesday demonstration the Wild Protest, a name taken from a tweet by Trump that encouraged his supporters to take their grievances to the streets of Washington. "Will be wild," the president tweeted....


#26 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-01-07 12:36 PM | Reply

The Police Weren't Ready.

I'd blame that on Trump's monkey wrench.

#27 | Posted by ClownShack at 2021-01-07 12:38 PM | Reply

Should have "double-tapped" her.

#28 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2021-01-07 12:41 PM | Reply

#20 | Posted by jpw

I am sure the FBI will be using this and similar footage in finding those seeking to cause a revolution. Insurrection is against the law - 18 U.S. Code 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection.

#29 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-07 01:42 PM | Reply

I am fine with protest - as American as Apple Pie. I am against rioting in principle and in practice in most cases (looting always thought). I am 100% against insurrection and rebellion in this country. We are not a perfect nation but we are a nation of laws. It still makes me wonder if Liberals were "snowflakes" in 2016 - what does it make these people? (Other than criminals...)

Very honestly far more people should have been shot yesterday - AMAZING the restraint show. These people were very open about what they were there to do. Imagine if this was the BLM protests.

True, there were likely many of these traitors armed with weapons including firearms and the police were outnumbered yes but there was no reason for that other than abject incompetence at command level or complicity with DJT. IMHO Some Trump loyalist most certainly had something to do with this. In the officers defense I don't know how many officers agreed with these insurrectionists but I don't think taking a selfie qualifies as agreement or complicity. This was mob rule. Regardless there was certainly no reason for the police to remove the barricades - let the insurrectionists move them on their own and add to their crimes. They were out numbered, so fine pull back to the doors - but no reason to let self proclaimed revolutionaries and insurrectionists through the doors while Congress was in session. First few dozen shot will cause a lot of these people to turn tail.

#30 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-01-07 03:06 PM | Reply

I am sure the FBI will be using this and similar footage in finding those seeking to cause a revolution. Insurrection is against the law - 18 U.S. Code 2383 - Rebellion or insurrection.

#29 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Beau of the Fifth Column made an interesting point in his video on yesterday's incident.

He said that the police response was anemic because they would do more damage to the building by actively resisting and escalating and that the better move was to simply allow them to walk around with visible faces for later identification and arrest when they were no longer part of the mob.

An interesting possibility.

#31 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-07 04:58 PM | Reply

Why didnt the cops shoot all the intruders?

#32 | Posted by Tor at 2021-01-07 05:09 PM | Reply

He said that the police response was anemic because they would do more damage to the building by actively resisting and escalating and that the better move was to simply allow them to walk around with visible faces for later identification and arrest when they were no longer part of the mob.

That's a great plan unless they set fire to the place (one of them had Molotov cocktails), take hostages (several of them had zip-tie cuffs) or break into computers (some did and others were stolen).

#33 | Posted by rcade at 2021-01-07 05:17 PM | Reply

That's a great plan unless they set fire to the place (one of them had Molotov cocktails), take hostages (several of them had zip-tie cuffs)

I'm assuming in those instances that escalation would induce a response.

But the idea is as long as the cops were out numbered and the rioters were milling around not endangering anybody's life they let it fly and the evidence rack up.

#34 | Posted by jpw at 2021-01-07 05:20 PM | Reply

Q got her far.

#35 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:29 PM | Reply

In her own strange way she was a hero.

If those folks got in and that guy unloaded his whole clip that would be 10+ bodies on that floor.

Judging from the sound & stopping power it seems like a 45 and those folks don't shoot to wound.

#36 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:35 PM | Reply

At least she got shot by a pro and not winged by a newbie - walking around holding her detached arm (or leg) bleeding out like a scene from Saving private Ryan

#37 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:38 PM | Reply

It's shocking that these undercover antifa rioters are so dedicated that they'll lay down their life.

#38 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:39 PM | Reply

"It's extremely sad that this woman died"

Is it though?

#39 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-07 06:39 PM | Reply

The fact that those folks were more preoccupied with their phones than providing any sort of first aid speaks volumes. Be sure to have a medic when you go to war.

#40 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It is sad.

She only had one day til retirement...

#41 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:48 PM | Reply

"It's extremely sad that this woman died"

Is it though?

#39 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine

The only sad part is that there weren't hundreds killed.

These clowns need to be dealt with with extreme prejudice.

We're at November 1923 - as a comparison to Germany and the Third Reich.

The FBI and local law enforcement need to step up if they're not already compromised.

#42 | Posted by billy_boy at 2021-01-07 06:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Billy

Hack trumps Twitter and tell his minions to do another "protest" in blackface.

We'll see way more "justified police homicides" that way.

He-Yump!

#43 | Posted by LostAngeles at 2021-01-07 06:57 PM | Reply

But the idea is as long as the cops were out numbered and the rioters were milling around not endangering anybody's life they let it fly and the evidence rack up.

I think the cops let the insurrectionists run free because they had lost control of the situation and had no plan to take control. I don't think they were passive because that was their plan.

#44 | Posted by rcade at 2021-01-07 07:04 PM | Reply

Nah, the cops stepped aside because many supported Trump.

Fire them all.

#45 | Posted by bored at 2021-01-07 07:13 PM | Reply

Some of them supported the insurrectionists but there were a lot of them fighting at the outdoor barricades for a while.

#46 | Posted by rcade at 2021-01-07 07:18 PM | Reply

#44 | Posted by rcade

I must respectfully disagree.

From where I stand, and from what I have seen - the capitol police who were on site were largely complicit.

The police chief most certainly was.

I don't think this should be handled with compassion, but with an iron fist.

These clowns need to understand that they have crossed a line, and no further foolishness will be tolerated.

If they aren't eliminated now, rest assured they will be back and likely succeed.

I'm sorry if that's not what you want to hear.

#47 | Posted by billy_boy at 2021-01-07 07:23 PM | Reply

60 of the CP were taken to the hospital, one is in critical condition.

They had all heard the Pres invite these people to the Capitol to join him there... and many were likely Trumpers themselves.

So they got a hell of a better reception than BLM did, or ever will. But I doubt it will ever happen just this way again.

#48 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-07 07:29 PM | Reply

Also, it appeared to me that they fought pretty well at first, but when they didn't get back-up they figured they were outnumbered and if the higher ups didn't care enough to send help, why should they get run over for nothing.

#49 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-07 07:33 PM | Reply

Did she think the cops wouldn't shoot her because she's female?

#50 | Posted by Tor at 2021-01-07 07:44 PM | Reply

" Did she think the cops wouldn't shoot her because she's female?"

No, she didn't think cops would shoot her because law enforcement is on their side. It was a reasonable gamble on her part.

#51 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-07 07:53 PM | Reply

Updated at 7 p.m. ET:

A day after an insurrection that overtook the U.S. Capitol, two top Capitol security officials have resigned from their posts amid building pressure from lawmakers and others surrounding failures that allowed the dramatic breach.

The U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned his position hours after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and others called for his removal in the wake of a series of security failures.

The move comes several hours after Pelosi told reporters she hadn't even heard from Sund after Wednesday's attack on the Capitol, and made clear she would be calling for his ousting.

Pelosi also said House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, the chamber's top protocol officer, who helps direct security plans, would be submitting his resignation as well.

"There was a failure of leadership at the top of the Capitol Police," Pelosi said.

Also on Thursday, the incoming Senate majority leader, Chuck Schumer, called for the firing of Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger if he doesn't resign first.

"If Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Stenger hasn't vacated the position by then, I will fire him as soon as Democrats have a majority in the Senate," said Schumer " who is due to take over as majority leader after Democrats won both Senate seats in Georgia's runoff elections this week " in a statement to reporters.

He noted that the current majority leader, Sen. Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, appointed Stenger, saying, "He did a terrible, terrible job."

www.npr.org

#52 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-07 07:54 PM | Reply

US Capitol Police officer has died following pro-Trump riot

Updated 7:22 PM ET,

www.cnn.com

#53 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-07 07:58 PM | Reply

#53 | Posted by Corky

Sad. And avoidable.

The insurrectionists should have been stopped long before it came to this.

Looking at you, tRumptards. [...]

#54 | Posted by billy_boy at 2021-01-07 08:15 PM | Reply

A Capitol Police officer died from injuries sustained in yesterday's insurrection:

Capitol Police Officer Dies After Being Assaulted By Extremists In Siege

www.npr.org

#55 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-07 08:21 PM | Reply

cont.

The Department of Justice is opening a federal murder case into the death of the officer, the source said.

More than 50 criminal cases are being opened against others who engaged in violence during the breach of the U.S. Capitol.

The pro-Trump extremists attacked police "with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers," U.S. Capitol Police said Thursday.

Also Thursday, in a call with reporters, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, Michael Sherwin, didn't have full details yet but didn't rule out charges of rioting, insurrection and seditious conspiracy.

#56 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-07 08:23 PM | Reply

---- this woman. She did what she did and got killed in the process.

These guys didn't ask for it:

Dozens of police officers were injured while trying to control the mob of pro-Trump extremists who temporarily shut down a vote to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win.

www.npr.org


#57 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-07 08:26 PM | Reply

#48 | Posted by Corky

There's lots of racism among white law enforcement in D.C. It's nickname is "Chocolate City."

I spent a few months there years ago and got to know a couple D.C. detectives through a friend of mine. Those two dicks joked about grabbing random black dudes by the collar and dragging them outside their cars. Or driving by at 30mph and hitting them with batons as they drive by. For fun. Unfortunately, they knew that friend of mine, so what could I do other than not laugh at their racist jokes?

Capitol Hill and Georgetown and a handful of other areas in the district are akin to Staten Island (white bastions), but within a block in some million dollar townhouses on Capitol Hill are housing projects. Ya, lots of racism in D.C. among local white and federal law enforcement.

#58 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-01-07 08:47 PM | Reply

US Capitol Police officer has died following pro-Trump riot

That story's been withdrawn. The officer is in critical condition. Link in #57 has been updated. The link in #53 has not.

#59 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-07 09:57 PM | Reply

And he has passed. Dammit.

#60 | Posted by YAV at 2021-01-08 06:57 AM | Reply

"No, she didn't think cops would shoot her because law enforcement is on their side. It was a reasonable gamble on her part."

Ive now seen a video inwhich she gets shot just off screen.

The cop had his gun drawn and then it was pointed at her and neither convinced her to stop trying to break through a door.

#61 | Posted by Tor at 2021-01-08 10:19 AM | Reply

Qanon has it's first Martyr. Saint Babbitt will be revered by nutjobs and conspiracy buff wackos for centuries to come. The Patron Saint of Repulsive Conspiracy Theorists. Bless me and protect me (at least better than you protected yourself).

#62 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-01-08 04:00 PM | Reply

She was obviously Antifa.... ax' Mythbomber.

#63 | Posted by Corky at 2021-01-08 04:12 PM | Reply

They're calling her "Roberta Paulson" and making her into a martyr. Though I'll say it isn't incredibly effective

#64 | Posted by SpedKemper at 2021-01-08 06:51 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They're calling her "Roberta Paulson" and making her into a martyr. Though I'll say it isn't incredibly effective

#64 | POSTED BY SPEDKEMPER

I'm calling her a dead domestic terrorist.

#65 | Posted by a_monson at 2021-01-08 07:21 PM | Reply

"Her name was Roberta Paulson."

Not only is that an attempt at martyrdom, it's a rallying cry for further violence.

#66 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2021-01-08 07:34 PM | Reply

Before Bunker Bitch waddles off for the last time he'll rename a military base after this loon.

#67 | Posted by reinheitsgebot at 2021-01-08 07:46 PM | Reply

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