During his address to Congress, President Trump stopped at one point to thank the widow of slain Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and her husband’s sacrifice. Trump said of Owens:
“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy special operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens. Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation. I just spoke to General [Jim] Mattis, who reconfirmed that, and I quote:
‘Ryan was a part of a highly successful raid that generated large amounts of vital intelligence that will lead to many more victories in the future against our enemies.’ Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity. For as the Bible teaches us, there is no greater act of love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. Ryan laid down his life for his friends, for his country and for our freedom — we will never forget him.
However, a group of Democrats showed incredible disrespect for the widow of Owens, by declining to stand during a standing ovation honoring her husband’s ultimate sacrifice. In addition, Liberals took to social media to mock her. Liberals have NO class or common decency. How could anyone call this poor woman an “idiot”?
According to ijr:
As the video clearly shows, a number of Democrats declined to stand and applaud the grieving widow and her husband, who gave everything to defend the nation.
The following is taken directly from a video of the moment when the majority of Congress gave Carryn Owens and the slain military hero a standing ovation:
As you can see on the right-hand side of Congress, a number of Democrats are firmly seated, and many are not applauding at all. This includes Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT), Sen. Al Franken (who later stood), Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), among others.
The following is a shot taken later on while Congress continued to honor the widow and her husband:
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Al Franken (D-MN), and other Democratic members of Congress did rise and applaud, especially on the second round of ovation. Even justices on the Supreme Court joined in to show their gratitude.
Former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders, former Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, and other top Democrats, however, remained seated. As pointed out earlier by Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson, other key members of party leadership refused to stand. Namely, former DNC Chair and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), who just lost his bid for DNC Chair.
A number of partisan comments may help explain why some believe the Democrats remained seated.
Well-known national security columnist John Schindler asked if the entire country had “Stockholm Syndrome,” a reference to the tendency of hostages to display attachment for hostage-takers. Filmmaker Rob Reiner said, “It was cringe-worthy … talk about using someone as a prop. It was disgraceful.”
Hillary Clinton volunteer Dan Grilo responded to the display, “Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.” He later apologized and deleted his Twitter account.