Republican senator calls Ashli Babbitt ‘a criminal’, defends the officer who killed her

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During a heated exchange with a radio caller, Senator Kevin Cramer (R-ND) bluntly defended the anonymous officer who shot and killed protester Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6, branding her “a criminal.”

The incident took place on WDAY’s The Jay Thomas Show on Tuesday. Cramer was taking questions from a number of callers when one of them asked him to reveal the identity of the officer who shot Babbitt during the Capitol riot.

“Why would I do that?” Cramer asked the caller.

“We have the right to know,” the caller asserted. At that point, Cramer responded by asking exactly what right the caller had to know the identity of the officer. The caller testily answered Cramer in an offended tone, “Because I’m a citizen of the United States. That’s why I have the right to know. Why don’t I have the right to know? Why don’t you tell me that?”

The senator insisted he had no idea who shot Babbitt. He then proceeded to call her “a criminal” and state that she did not obey orders when she was told to stand down and not enter the Capitol building that day.

“The person that shot her is a police officer shooting a criminal not complying with officers telling her, ‘Stop. Don’t come through that window. We have guns drawn. Don’t do it.’ They’re protecting people, and the officer was found to be innocent of any wrongdoing. So then what would be the purpose of releasing that officer’s name? What do you need to know the officer’s name for?” Cramer asked the caller.

“Well, because we know everybody else’s name if a police officer shoots a citizen of this country,” the caller angrily replied. “I mean, crying out loud, if you shoot an illegal alien, we’re going to know that police officer’s name. This is a police officer that shot someone in our capitol and his name is being withheld.”

“It seems to be kind of a textbook situation, frankly. I’m the one who personally does not think there is a right to know the name of every police officer who shoots a criminal or perpetrator unless of course, there are charges brought or an indictment brought, or something like that,” Cramer declared. “I’ll look into it to see what the law says about the release of the name. I’m just grateful for this person, quite honestly,” he commented noting that the office was “not a suspect of any crime.”

CNN’s Andrew Kaczynski tweeted out the full transcript of the call.

The North Dakota senator opposed the liberally skewed Jan. 6 Committee but obviously does not agree with many Republicans on the shooting of Ashli Babbitt.

Cramer is also one of the “moderate” Republicans taking part in the bipartisan infrastructure deal promoted by Democrats.

Cramer told Dagen McDowell on Fox Business during an interview, “[Republicans] didn’t win enough elections to be able to dictate all of the terms. On balance, what this looks to me like is it looks like a pretty fair deal.” He confusingly added, “Infrastructure is counter-inflationary. It actually builds up the supply side of the economy, so in many respects you’re right we would be helping Democrats, I suppose, because we’re helping some of their inflationary actions, but that’s what we’re here for. We’re not here to just say ‘no’ to everything. We’re here to try to make things better.”

The senator did remind President Biden that the “day will come you’ll have to explain inflation rates” to Americans in connection to the additional $3.5 trillion Democrat spending spree they are pushing.

(Video Credit: The Hill)

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