Michael Moore says Trump 'used' widow of fallen Navy SEAL

During his Tuesday night address to a joint session of Congress, President Trump paid tribute to fallen Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens.

Owens' widow, Carryn, who was in the audience at the time, struggled to hold back her tears as those gathered gave her a standing ovation.

Not long after, Michael Moore, in a televised discussion with Chris Matthews of MSNBC, criticized the move.

He asserted that the president "used" the grieving Mrs. Owens, "as sort of an 'f-you' to the people who are criticizing him for this. And this poor woman, this widow who has lost her husband, she is in desperate grief right now."

Moore further commented, "And to use that to put another notch on his belt — and what is he thinking about? 'My ratings. Record Applause. I'm going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch!' This is the sickness of this man."

Notably, CNN's Van Jones, another of the president's typical detractors, praised that portion of the speech, saying Trump, "became President of the United States in that moment...period."

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That was a home run. Here is my statement on @POTUS #JointAddress to Congress: https://t.co/JXwyBq1aHx https://t.co/sDYHBmAbHo
.@realDonaldTrump’s speech to #JointSession was utterly disconnected from the cruel reality of his conduct. https://t.co/rzfNSGDKDH
.@POTUS' speech tonight clearly reaffirmed his heartfelt commitment to putting America first. #JointSession https://t.co/2rCVSwMx8V
My response to President Trump’s address to Congress: https://t.co/rVEIsnjKNW
How can one remain seated when POTUS promised to invest in women's health, accessible/affordable childcare...? #JointAddress
Buy American, right? #JointSession https://t.co/3NlqnqCQRF
Casey Statement on President’s Address to Congress #JointSession https://t.co/RWOvqvtYYJ
My full statement regarding the #JointAddress @POTUS gave tonight are here: https://t.co/xIfzUnMAVO https://t.co/b7eu8D68DQ
What the President says to the working people & what the President does for the wealthy & special interests are at odds.
Great to see @DenishaMweather recognized at tonight’s #JointSession. She is a remarkable example of the power and potential of school choice
President Trump’s #JointAddress this evening was more of the same. Read my full statement ↓ #BrokenPromises https://t.co/5aJ0ee4V6a
Using tragic deaths to push disgusting stereotypes about immigrants in #JointAddress is sick. Stunned
Nearly 75% of working-aged people in California are immigrants. Our economy depends on them. (Not an alternative fact). #JointSession
I applaud the appointment of Judge Gorsuch and agree the Senate should move forward on his confirmation soon #JointAddress
Pleased the @POTUS is placing emphasis on our military and defense spending. We're long overdue. #JointSession MM
Repealing #ACA w/out responsible replacement will affect 20M newly insured individuals and families including >5M Californians
My statement on President Trump's Joint Address to Congress. #MAGA https://t.co/oFwhD8zQLs
I applaud Pres. Trump's call for unity tonight. Americans must come together to solve our problems as a nation.… https://t.co/kSvfNFTiH0
.@realDonaldTrump's words tonight were encouraging - and already, he is matching those words with meaningful action… https://t.co/fXv1HSXd8y
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asks "whether the president cares enough about violence in our city to do more than talk… https://t.co/1Ui40Pqn0c
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