“Real Time” host Bill Maher placed blame for so-called ‘woke’ policies and regulations in California in part on the death of Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force vet and small business owner in San Diego who was shot and killed during the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol Building.
During his Friday night show on HBO, Maher first noted that Babbitt “lost her life trying to prevent [Joe] Biden from becoming president,” even though she reportedly voted for President Barack Obama in the past.
He went on to offer some sympathy for Babbitt, whom he said was a struggling business owner “pissed off at the greed and corruption,” though a second term for President Donald Trump would not have helped her much because her home state of California was “doing most of the squeezing.”
“In order to keep her business afloat, she resorted to a short-term loan with an interest rate of 169 percent. That’s right. She was being charged 169 percent interest and went to Washington so she can chant ‘Stop the Steal,’” he said.
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“And maybe, since all politics is local, all she knew was that she lives in a state that seems to care more about her ‘toxic whiteness’ than her toxic brokeness,” the host continued, going on to note that California is essentially a one-party state.
“And that the state that’s run entirely by Democrats, yeah, they didn’t stop anyone from charging her 169 percent interest on a loan either,” he continued.
“It shouldn’t be that surprising that America is full of fed-up, unhappy people who just want to break s**t. Trump sure didn’t drain any swamps, but when it comes to graft and corruption and everybody wetting his beak, California, yeah that’s a swamp too,” Maher said. “California is a blue state that is completely held together by red tape. It’s no wonder people are leaving in droves.”
Babbitt, who was a high-level security officer in the Air Force and veteran who served in Iraq and Afghanistan, took over Fowler’s Pool Service & Supply in Spring Valley, Calif., in 2017, Fox News reported. She was listed as CEO and co-owner with husband Aaron Babbitt.
Babbitt, 35, was shot by a plainclothes security officer as she appeared to be breaching a door leading to a high-security anteroom outside the House chamber during the Jan. 6 Capitol Building breach. She was transported to an area hospital in critical condition, where she was later pronounced dead.
Babbitt can be seen in videos moments before being shot confronting and appearing to agitate three uniformed Capitol Police officers who were standing in front of the door to the Speaker’s Lobby, which is one of the most secure rooms in the building.
In one video, it appears as though Babbitt is being assisted through the door’s broken window just seconds before a shot is fired, which struck her in the neck.
The U.S. attorney for Washington, D.C., has opened an investigation into the shooting of Babbitt, who was unarmed, to determine if excessive force was utilized.
In addition, U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin launched a homicide investigation into the death of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick, who succumbed to injuries sustained “while physically engaging with protesters.”
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