The partner of the late United States Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick said she holds former President Donald Trump directly responsible for the death of her partner and all others who died in connection with the Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021.
Sandra Garza appeared on UKTN after Trump again dismissed the attack during a speech in Nashville on Friday and claimed “no one was killed except a wonderful young woman named Ashli Babbitt,” who, according to him, was shot without “no reason” in his opinion. (Babbitt and others were trying to break through a barricaded door inside the Capitol building).
A bipartisan Senate report said at least seven people lost their lives in the Jan. 6 attack, including Babbitt, Sicknick and two police officers who took their own lives in the following days.
“I’m fed up and I’m fed up [Trump] trying to minimize or outright deny that…Brian didn’t die as a result of Jan. 6. Because he did,” Garza said. “His cause of death was natural. But that’s not to say January 6 didn’t play a part in his death.
Sicknick was assaulted during the riot, collapsed after returning to his office that day, and died approximately eight hours later. Medical officials said he suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, but “everything that happened played a part in his condition.”
“I believe all the people who died that day and the days that followed, you know, would still be here today if Donald Trump hadn’t wanted to mess with them. [our democracy]”, said Garza.
“Donald Trump wanted to step in and play a higher power — that’s what I like to call him — and ruin people’s lives.”
Caroline Edwards, the first U.S. Capitol police officer injured in the attack, spoke at the June 9 hearing of the House committee investigating the attack, describing the scene of the day as “carnage” and an “absolute war zone”.
″[Officers] were bleeding, they were vomiting… I saw friends with blood on their faces, I was slipping in people’s blood,” she said.
She recalled seeing Sicknick “with his head in his hands” and looking “ghostly pale” after being hit with what prosecutors later determined was pepper spray.
The January 6 committee hearings presented evidence from testimony and documents indicating that Trump and his allies intentionally lied that the 2020 election was stolen while knowing those claims were false, ultimately inspiring a host of supporters to Trump to trash the Capitol in an effort. prevent Congress from certifying the results.