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Video: Last known livestream of woman fatally shot at Capitol riot

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A video clip from the last known livestream of the woman fatally shot during Wednesday’s deadly and unprecedented Capitol riot, Ashli Babbitt, was found Thursday. She is among the four others who died as a result of the hours-long attack.

Babbitt was a San Diego-area resident who served 14 years and two tours in the U.S. Air Force.

Babbitt was shot by a Capitol Police officer while she and a mob of rioters were standing in the door leading to the House Speaker’s Lobby of the Capitol. The chaotic moment was caught on video and soon after spread rapidly online.

In the video taken prior to her breaching the U.S. Capitol alongside hundreds of other rioters, Babbitt is marching with fellow supporters of President Donald Trump down Pennsylvania Avenue toward Capitol Hill, with the base of the Washington Monument visible in the background. This occurred after Trump held a midday rally in front of the White House to protest Congress later that day certifying the states’ Electoral College votes, thereby sealing President-elect Joe Biden‘s 2020 election victory.

The video clip starts with her already speaking, about marching to the Capitol “in a mob,” but the context of the incomplete remark is unclear.

Babbitt then claimed there were estimated to be “over three million” Trump supporters present.

“So, despite what the media tells you,” Babbitt continued, “boots on the ground definitely say something different. There is a sea of nothing but red, white, and blue; patriots and Trump.”

“And it was amazing, you could see the president talk,” she added, grinning gleefully.

“We are now walking down the inaugural path to the Capitol Building,” Babbitt said before the brief clip ended, then repeating her attendance claim. “Three million-plus people.”

The New York Times‘ report on Babbitt found that she had been waiting for Wednesday, seemingly eagerly. It was reported that “a discouraged friend” on Twitter last week asked Babbitt: “When do we start winning?”

“Jan 6, 2021,” Babbitt reportedly answered.

“Nothing will stop us,” she also reportedly posted to an unspecified social media site the day before the riot, according to the BBC. “They can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Chinese Spy Balloon: Tensions rise between the U.S. and China

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A strange object was spotted Wednesday over Billings Montana. The Pentagon confirmed Thursday that the strange object was, in fact, a Chinese spy balloon. According to a report from KPAX, a western Montana news outlet, the balloon had been on the governments radar for days.

On Friday, the Chinese government released a statement saying that the balloon spotted in Billings is a “civilian airship” that’s sole purpose is used to collect research on weather and that it had just blown off course. The balloon was not shot down by orders of the Pentagon due to the risk of falling debris injuring people on the ground.

Sara Carter, who has spoken frequently on the Chinese government’s threat and expansion to the West, stated on Twitter that the United States has failed to stop China from purchasing land near military installations, vital agricultural land, as well as, allowing Chinese linked companies, such as Huawei, to install technology in cellular towers. Those cellular towers are located in Montana, along side more than 150 ICBM nuclear silos.

China said, “The Chinese side regrets the unintended entry of the airship into U.S. airspace due to force majeure.” Majeure meaning that it was out of there control. It blew off course due to limited “self-steering” capabilities according the Ministry. The ministry also stated that the balloon, “deviated far from its planned course.”

This incident is adding fuel to the fire of what is already a tense relationship between the worlds two largest economies. China already lays claim to approximately 80% of the South China Sea, and is seeking full control over Taiwan after assuming full control of Hong Kong. China’s belt and road initiative has invested copious amounts of money into building infrastructure in other countries and uses it as economic blackmail. China’s transportation of fentanyl into Mexico is yet again another example of how they are seeking to damage the US.

Is this just a weather ballon that blew off course? US officials at the White House seem to be unconvinced and will continue to monitor the balloon, as reported.

UPDATED: Statement from the Pentagon was jaw dropping when a reporter asked if the public has a right to know about Beijing’s balloon.

“The public certainly has the ability to look up in the sky and see where the balloon is,” a DOD official responded.

 

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