What happened to Ashli Babbitt?

Ashli Babbitt, right.

Ashli Babbitt served in the Air Force.

Yesterday, she was famously shot while storming the U.S. Capitol.

Now she is dead.

On social media, many were celebrating Babbitt’s death. I hate that. I’m sure I would have disliked much about Babbitt, but she leaves behind family, friends, people who cared and people who are hurting. Just because you know someone like Ashli Babbitt doesn’t mean you share her beliefs and convictions. Even if you don’t care about someone’s death, you can think about those left behind who are crushed.

I digress.

I want to know Ashli Babbitt’s path. I want to know how one loves America enough to enlist in the armed services, then 1 1/2 decades later, decide the ideal option is to attempt to break into the U.S. Capitol. I want to know what she was watching on TV. I want to know who she was listening to on the radio. I want to know if she had QAnon ties; if she was devoted to the preachings of Limbaugh and Hannity.

I want to know if there was a moment—perhaps a singular moment—that flipped a switch.

Scrolling through Ashli Babbitt’s Twitter feed, I see much not to like. She was a conspiracy theorist; a Trump loyalist; a woman who seemed to genuinely believe it was the world v. MAGA—and she was full MAGA.

Now, a veteran who tried to destroy a piece of the government is dead.

I would not have liked Ashli Babbitt.

But it is, unambiguously, a tragedy.

5 thoughts on “What happened to Ashli Babbitt?”

  1. Very well put. Nice piece. It’s very sad to see how quickly a persons belief system can be influenced and turned when led down the wrong rabbit hole. May she Rest In Peace.

  2. Personally I think it’s a waste of time to try to get in the head of anybody that is on the far Right or Left. She made a dumb and dangerous decision and the price she paid was her life. I don’t get into discussions on if people “deserve” what happens to them. Above my pay grade, but in general as long as you don’t physically harm or steal from someone I tend to mourn the loss of a human life.
    The video of the incident has bothered me. I can’t put my finger on it. It has something to do with the way she does is laying there bleeding. She has a look of shock on her face. Not pain, just pure surprise. She is wearing a Trump flag on her back like a cape. She looks so stupid. Something about that stupid flag/cape. I wonder what she was thinking at the end as she laid there. She will be immortalized as the idiot that died in the capital. “Fighting”for a guy that did not even know she existed. Trump has become like a god to some people. He inspires religious devotion. It’s all so strange

  3. “She was a conspiracy theorist.”

    That’s all you need to know. People who adhere to conspiracies despite a preponderance of evidence, exhibit a flaw in their ability to critically reason. Conspiracy Theorists are over 50 times more likely to be extremists than those who have the ability to change their opinion based on facts.

    There’s a reason why, when I worked in government cyber-security, we constantly monitored the conspiracy underground. Nearly every domestic terrorist has had ties to it. And the thing is, it’s not entirely their fault. Often such individuals are manipulated by those who use the conspiracies to gain control over easily influenced individuals.

    The internet should come with a warning, and those who don’t possess the ability to reason belief from fact should really be given limited access for their own good.

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