Thursday, July 29, 2021
In the months since the U.S. Capitol assault, Donald Trump has led the GOP efforts to distort and dismiss the realities of the anti-democratic and deadly riot that the former president himself instigated. In his retelling, Ashli Babbitt"who was shot and killed trying to enter the House chamber on Jan. 6"wasn't so much a rioter as she was an "innocent, wonderful, incredible woman." And, in Trump's mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren't the real heroes, calling them liberal "pussies" who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly pro-Trump law enforcement community.
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