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Ex-Trump campaign aide Parscale said Trump’s rhetoric killed rioter

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Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale addresses the gang before U.S. President Donald Trump rallies with supporters in Manchester, Recent Hampshire, U.S. August 15, 2019.

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Ex-Trump campaign manager Brad Parscale blamed then-President Donald Trump’s rhetoric for the death of a girl involved within the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, in accordance with evidence shared Tuesday by the House select committee investigating the rebellion.

In text messages sent on the evening of Jan. 6, longtime Trump supporter Parscale said that the riot was “about trump pushing for uncertainty in our country.”

Text from former Campaign Manager Brad Parscale during a January sixth investigation hearing on July twelfth, 2022.

Text from former Campaign Manager Brad Parscale during a January sixth investigation hearing on July twelfth, 2022.

Courtesy: January sixth Select Committee

“A sitting president asking for civil war,” Parscale said in texts to Katrina Pierson, a former Trump campaign official who was reportedly involved in organizing the pre-riot rally.

Screenshots of the texts were displayed through the select committee’s latest public hearing Tuesday afternoon, which focused largely on the involvement of domestic violent extremist groups within the Jan. 6 rebellion.

“This week I feel guilty for helping him win,” Parscale wrote.

Pierson replied: “You probably did what you felt was right on the time and due to this fact it was right.”

Parscale responded, “Yeah. But a girl is dead,” adding with apparent shock, “Yeah. If I used to be trump and knew my rhetoric killed someone.”

Pierson told him, “It wasn’t the rhetoric.”

But Parscale shot back: “Katrina. Yes it was.”

Neither Parscale nor Pierson immediately responded to CNBC’s requests for comment on the texts.

Parscale gave the impression to be referring to Ashli Babbitt, the pro-Trump rioter who was shot and killed by a U.S. Capitol police officer on Jan. 6, 2021, as she attempted to crawl through a doorway leading toward the House chamber. Lt. Michael Byrd, the officer who shot Babbitt, was cleared of wrongdoing.

Parscale worked on Trump’s 2016 campaign and his 2020 reelection effort. He was demoted in the summertime of 2020 as Trump’s poll numbers lagged behind those of Democrat Joe Biden, and stepped back from the campaign effort in October of that 12 months after he was hospitalized.

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