The most powerful moment from President Trump’s joint address to Congress on Tuesday night came when the president acknowledged the widow of a slain Navy SEAL officer Carryn Owens.
It’s also become highly controversial as many of Trump’s critics accused the president of using a grieving widow as a political prop.
William “Ryan” Owens was killed in action on January 29th as a result of the Yakla raid in central Yemen. He was the first soldier to die under President Trump’s authority as Commander-in-Chief.
“Ryan died as he lived, a warrior and a hero, battling against terrorism and securing our nation,” Trump said to a thunderous applause in Congress while Carryn stood and was brought to tears. “I just spoke to our great Gen. 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.”
A lot of Trump’s critics weren’t buying it. Former Hillary Clinton staffer Dan Grilo posted this to Twitter, which he has since deleted and shut down his account.
Conservative commentator Mary Katharine Ham, whose husband tragically passed away in 2015, offered some sage advice to those politicizing Owens’ death even further.
For those lamenting Carryn Owens' "exploitation," let me offer some thoughts. I'm not asking you to like Trump or credit him for that moment— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
But what you can & should do is credit her. Maybe a SEAL wife who's been through, God willing, worst life will give her, can handle Trump.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe a SEAL wife knows exactly what she's doing & doesn't need you to explain it to her. Maybe she needs things you don't know much about.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe a widow raising 3 children knows how important it is to keep his name & memory alive, & that this moment is bigger than Trump or you.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe she knows one day she will show them this video & tell them the President of the United States & all the nation honored him.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe she thinks it might teach her children the strength & courage of their dad (& mom!) to watch her stand up tall even when it hurts.— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017
Maybe, probably, very likely, she's a badass. You and your kids are in my prayers, Carryn. Do what you gotta do. Proverbs 31:25— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2017