Micki Witthoeft, the mother of slain Air Force Veteran Ashli Babbitt, was arrested on Tuesday evening after striking an Antifa protester outside of the Washington, D.C. jail where many of the January 6 defendants are detained.
Witthoeft was hosting a vigil for the political prisoners outside of the DC jail when she was apprehended by Metropolitan Police officers at approximately 6:45 pm.
Police are seen handcuffing Witthoeft and seating her in the back of a paddy wagon, in footage recorded by Helena Gibson, a January 6 advocate from Florida in attendance of the vigil.
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On Memorial Day, supporters of January 6 defendants held a Memorial Day march from the Capitol to the DC Jail for Babbitt.
An Antifa protester harassed Witthoeft as she and a small group of demonstrators carried American flags and walked toward the jail.
“Ashli Babbitt!” chanted the crowd.
The Antifa protester, who went by the name Anarchy Princess , yelled, “Fuck Ashli Babbitt!” throughout the march in response.
Documentarian Ford Fischer reported that the Antifa-supporter used a megaphone to shout, “Terrorists coming through your neighborhood! Ashli Babbitt’s mom, domestic terrorist! Nazis incoming! Insurrectionist losers!” as the group made its way to the jail.
At some point, Witthoeft can be seen on camera pushing the counter-protestor, grabbing her megaphone, and throwing it to the ground.
“My daughter served this country for their freedom to be idiots, so you’re welcome,” Babbitt’s mother told Fischer.
When they arrived at the jail where many Jan. 6 defendants remain locked up, Anarchy Princess gave the middle finger, which Witthoeft swiped away. Babbitt’s mother then shoved Anarchy Princess, who threatened to press charges.
Ashli Babbitt's mother Micki Witthoeft got close to livestreamer Anarchy Princess as they arrived at the jail.
AP gave her the finger, and Witthoeft swiped her hand and pushed her away by the backpack.
About a minute later, Witthoeft grabbed her megaphone, which was playing… pic.twitter.com/NZUxJAcjAv
— Ford Fischer (@FordFischer) May 30, 2023