It’s understandable – and almost expected – that some Democrats would decide not to stand and applaud President Trump’s every word at his address to Congress Tuesday night. But there were moments that should have elevated everyone to their feet.
Perhaps no moment was more appropriate than when Trump paid tribute to fallen Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens and honored his wife. She was applauded with an extended ovation and it was almost impossible not to tear up as an audience member.
So it was shocking when cameras scanned the laudatory crowd and happened upon these two Democrats, sitting quietly:
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) March 1, 2017
President Trump said:
“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.”
Owens’ wife wept and mouthed “I love you, baby” to heaven, the applause was deafening.
It was a long standing ovation – almost three minutes. And it’s amazing that Democrats took that moment to keep their butts warm.
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
Other Democrats sat there too. Take a look at this screen shot as the cameras panned the crowd:
@benshapiro Awful? Sure. Surprised? Nope.
— Jason Kidd (@StraightWingJet) March 1, 2017
— DJ Lane (@DJordanLane) March 1, 2017
— Kathleen Caton (@KMCaton) March 1, 2017
@bennyjohnson they suck so hard
— Hazen (@Stephaniehazen) March 1, 2017
@bennyjohnson to be fair, DWS literally has never smiled or clapped in her life. Perpetually unhappy and sad. Ellison just hates America
— Kevin McCann (@McCann_Kevin1) March 1, 2017
It’s just disgusting.
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