by Jason De Witt
President Donald Trump took time during his highly anticipated address to a joint session of Congress on Tuesday to acknowledge slain Navy SEAL Ryan Owens and his widow, who was in attendance.
As Trump honored Owens for making the ultimate sacrifice in service to his country, all eyes turned to Carryn Owens. The grieving widow, who lost her husband during a recent raid in Yemen, was quickly overcome with emotion.
As tears rolled down her face, it seemed as if every person in the room stood and applauded during a rousing and inspiring standing ovation that lasted roughly two minutes. She appeared completely overwhelmed by the show of patriotic support.
— FOX Business (@FoxBusiness) March 1, 2017
It was by far the most special moment of the night — one that transcended the constant screech of partisan politics.
However, there were two people who refused to stand — or even clap — during the biggest standing ovation of the night: Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
IJReview’s Benny Johnson said he watched as the pair stayed “firmly seated.”
Sobbing widow of slain Navy Seal receives 2 minute standing ovation.
Debbie Wasserman Schultz & Keith Ellison stay firmly seated, no claps
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 1, 2017
RETWEET if you think Keith Ellison and Debbie Wasserman Schultz refusing to clap for the sobbing widow of a Navy Seal was plain DISGRACEFUL! pic.twitter.com/bp8dwIBI6g
— Newt-Trump Fan Club (@NewtTrump) March 1, 2017
It was immediately clear that Democrats came into the address not wanting to show any support whatsoever for President Trump.
But that standing ovation wasn’t for Trump — it was for Ryan Owens, his widow, and all the men and women in uniform who have given their lives so we can continue to live free.