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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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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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