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.
Extended standing ovation to honor the widow of slain Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens during Trump's speech to Congress. pic.twitter.com/4lhCLNCnKw
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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 reportedly didn't stand during the biggest standing ovation of the night: Former Democratic National Committee (DNC) Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.).
Independent Journal Review’s Benny Johnson said he watched as the pair stayed “firmly seated" during the second standing ovation — the big one. Ellison and Schultz stood for the initial standing ovation introducing Owens.
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.
Editor's note: A photo previously included in this post showing Debbie Wasserman Schultz and Keith Ellison has been removed as it appeared to be from a different moment in the speech. This post has been updated since publication.