Published On: Wed, Mar 1st, 2017

Keith Ellison, Debbie Wasserman Schultz refuse to applaud, stand to respect Carryn Owens, spouse of fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens

The most powerful moment of President Trump’s address to the Joint Session of Congress came when the President introduced the widow of Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was killed in action in Yemen. Carryn Owens, breaking down in tears, received the longest ovation of the night, but two Democrats were shown being disrespectful.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison remained seated, stoic and unresponsive.

Schultz and Ellison remained seated, like cold stones. Benny Johnson hit quickly on Twitter: “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

“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,” Trump said. “Ryan’s legacy is etched into eternity.” Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle rose to their feet, giving Owens a standing ovation for several minutes.

Wasserman Schultz and Ellison during President Trump’s speech to a joint session photo/ screenshot of video coverage

Outrage over Donald Trump has been at a fever pitch, but not showing adoration of the widow of a fallen soldier has shocked the Internet.


The Daily Wire later accompanied the story with a photo showing Wasserman Schultz (FL) and Ellison (MN) sitting and listening, presumably while others stood and applauded.

The were other comments on Twitter regarding their “protest” with some reporting the pair actually did stand and respond.


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