Widow of Navy SEAL Receives 2-Minute Standing Ovation During Trump Speech


President Donald Trump honored Carryn Owens, the widow of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, during his joint address to Congress on Tuesday night.

Ryan Owens was killed last month during an anti-terrorism raid in Yemen. His wife could be seen looking up to the ceiling of the House chamber on Tuesday night, mouthing "I love you, baby," as Trump read his speech.

"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."

The audience stood and gave Carryn Owens a standing ovation and applauded for over two minutes for her strength.

A majority of congressional Democrats who stood up to clap sat down before the applause was finished. At the 2:49 mark in the above video, NBC's cameras showed several Democrats sitting in their seats, with very few appearing to clap for Owens.


A zoomed in view of the screenshot makes it easier to see the majority of Democrats not standing, including House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.).


CNN commentator Van Jones, a longtime critic of Trump, said he "became president … in that moment."

"He became president of the United States in that moment, period," Jones said. "That was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics."

Ryan Owens was the first American to die in combat during the Trump administration.

Chandler Gill

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Chandler Gill is a Media Analyst for the Free Beacon. Before joining the Free Beacon, she interned at the Heritage Foundation. Chandler went to Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina, and studied Political Science. She was raised in Wassenaar, The Netherlands. In her free time, Chandler enjoys reading and walking around the D.C. area. Her twitter handle is @chandlergillDC.

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