In his joint address to congress on Tuesday evening, President Trump paid tribute to Carryn Owens, widow of fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William “Ryan” Owens in a touching speech.
“Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” President Trump stated, highlighting the importance of our armed forces. His tribute was met with a standing ovation that lasted over 2 minutes.
Trump went on to describe the useful intelligence gained from the January 29th raid in Yemen –
“I just spoke to General 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. Thank you.”
“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 Ryan.”
Several Democrats refused to stand during the ovation, inciting backlash from viewers and critics alike. Cameras captured Democrat Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Debbie Wasserman-Shultz (D-Fla.), and Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), a(D-Fla.) refusing to stand or clap for Ms. Owens. They were noted as having clapped during Owen’s introduction, but not during the standing ovation.
Proof that DWS & Ellison stood for the first ovation & not for the 2nd. As I clearly tweeted: Check for yourselfhttps://t.co/LraFf628HM pic.twitter.com/CIV6sOAjyU
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) March 1, 2017
The public largely felt that President Trump was gracious and unifying in his speech and can’t wait to see more from their president!