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Why Ashli Babbitt?

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July 7, 2021 5:50 p.m.

As former president Trump makes his return to public life in a series of rallies and, as of today, lawsuits, he’s hitting upon the death Ashli Babbitt to stoke the kind of grievance that helped propel him to victory in 2016.

Trump has happed into a real vein of outrage, one stoked by fringe activists, including Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ), though for the wrong reasons.

But a look at the details of Jan. 6 and Babbitt’s shooting suggests why they’re fixated on Babbitt in particular.

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