“Can you think of a single case where the identity of the officer has been systematically concealed by the media?” asks D’Souza. “There’s no such case.”

“Who killed Ashli Babbitt?” conservative commentator and author Dinesh D’Souza wonders on a recent episode of his podcast. Former President Donald Trump posed the same inquiry, with the goal of eliciting answers to the lingering questions regarding what happened on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6, the Post Millennial reported.

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“With an interesting tidbit from Maria Bartiromo,” D’Souza claimed, Trump was “asked about it.” D’Souza showed footage of Bartiromo indicating that the officer who shot Babbitt was a member of a high-ranking Democrat congressman’s security detail.

“We’re getting a little closer to the identity of the man who shot Ashli Babbitt through the neck, killing her. And it’s time to reveal the name of the man, it’s Lieutenant Michael Byrd.” He said that the media know who Byrd is and that he is responsible for Babbitt’s death, but they are not reporting it. “They refuse to report it,” he said, “they may be protecting him.”

“This is strange,” D’Souza said, “because think about it, there have been a number of police shootings over the last couple of years. Can you think of a single case where the media have systematically concealed the identity of the officer? 

There’s no such case. So in this one case, they are preventing people from knowing what I just told you. Why?” he pressed further.

Part of the reason for the media’s lack of reporting, according to D’Souza, is that Byrd is black, and his blackness contradicts the prevalent narrative of white supremacy in the media, thanks in part to the Biden administration’s ongoing claim that white supremacy is the greatest threat facing the U.S.

“This white woman, in this case, was doing nothing more than pushing her way through a window. In other words, she seems to pose no imminent danger to anyone, least of all to the cop,” D’Souza says. “And yet, evidently,” he said, that according to an internal investigation, Byrd felt that his “life was in mortal danger.” D’Souza stated that if the gunman and his victims were of different ethnicities and views, the media would be less tolerant of the victim’s death. “If Ashli Babbitt deserves to die just because she broke the law, then why doesn’t George Floyd deserve to die because he broke the law?” D’Souza asked.

D’Souza described Byrd’s professional service as “a little bit careless, a little bit reckless” because he once left a loaded gun inside a bathroom, according to D’Souza. He claims that the media and leftist politicians refuse to acknowledge that on Jan. 6, the only force used in the Capitol was by a black man on a white woman. When Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building with the goal of stopping a congressional vote to validate the Electoral College’s vote for Joe Biden, Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran, was the only person murdered.

A Capitol Police officer shot and killed Babbitt, and in April, it was reported that no charges would be filed against the anonymous officer.

The inquiry into the police assassination of veteran Ashli Babbitt, an unarmed woman who was part of the pro-Trump crowd that broke into government property in early January, has been closed by the Department of Justice. D’Souza has raised these concerns in the past, and the media continues to portray the people who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 as violent insurrectionists.

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