The conservative movement has been trying to use her death to recast the insurrection as a case of innocents being killed."
But the fringe right has molded that narrative to incorporate the explicit use of Babbitt's race. Racist influencers have also emphasized that Babbitt was killed by a black man, explicitly mixing her supposed martyrdom with the race of the person that shot her.
"With Sicknick's autopsy, it's now official: no people were killed by the nationalist demonstrators on January 6th," wrote far-right propagandist Erik Striker in April, on his Telegram channel. "The only homicide victim that day was Ashli Babbitt, murdered by a black criminal with a badge whose identity is still being kept a secret by the media and the government."
Western Chauvinist, a Telegram channel with nearly 50,000 subscribers, drew racist comparison's between Babbitt's death and that of George Floyd.
"Unlike St. Fentanyl Floyd, Ashli Babbitt will receive no justice from this sick anti-white system," read an April message on the channel. "But WE will always remember her sacrifice and she will never be forgotten."
In some cases, the racial dynamic is blatant. In others, the dog whistle operates at a less explicit frequency, via layers of obfuscation and deniability.
One thread throughout has been an effort to stoke resentment by drawing comparisons between the mass outrage at the death of George Floyd and what they perceive to be the comparative silence at Babbitt's killing. In that universe, she's an unsung martyr not only of the stolen 2020 election, but of the supposedly unfair treatment of whites.