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A Republican congressman told C-SPAN he hugged the Capitol police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt on Jan. 6.
Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) recounted the situation as the officer’s identity and name have been withheld from the public.
“After it happened, he came over. He was physically and emotionally distraught. I actually gave him a hug and I said, ‘Sir, you did what you had to do,'” Mullin told the outlet for the “January 6th Views from the House” special.
He added: “I guarantee you. I don’t know for a fact…he’s never had to pull his weapon in a manner like that before. He was the last person in the world that ever wanted to use force like that and he wasn’t wanting to do that. I know for a fact.”
The Republican representative said it was an unfortunate situation for Babbitt and her family but also for the officer “who had to use lethal force.”
Mullin explained, “It wasn’t his choice. He didn’t show up to work that day to have to do that…he was doing his job…because there was members still in the balcony…you don’t have a choice.”
He claimed the officer shot unarmed Babbitt out of self-defense.
Many online slammed the congressman for his comments.
“You literally gave aid and comfort to a murderer,” Ron Coleman tweeted.
Others pointed out that he knows the identity of the officer who shot Babbitt.