House Speaker Kevin McCarthy broke from the MAGA wing of the Republican Party — and its most popular voices Donald Trump, Tucker Carlson and Marjorie Taylor Greene — by declaring that Jan. 6 rioter Ashli Babbitt was not murdered by a police officer. At her first Oversight Committee hearing on Wednesday, Greene claimed Babbitt was “murdered” and compared her killing to the fatal beating of Tyre Nichols.
That comparison can be traced back to Tucker Carlson, who bizarrely argued last week after watching graphic video of the Nichols beating that Babbitt was “murdered… far more clearly” than Nichols was. After bringing up Greene’s comments, a reporter asked McCarthy: “Do you think Ashli Babbitt was murdered or you think the police officer who shot her was doing his job?” “I think the police officer did his job,” McCarthy said.
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Question: One of the first things Marjorie Taylor Greene said on oversight was that Ashli Babbitt was murdered. Do you think she was murdered or do you think the officer was just doing his job?
McCarthy: I think the police officer did his job pic.twitter.com/a8e4mSCvDw
— Acyn (@Acyn) February 2, 2023