Fake news report claims top Democrats refused to stand for widow of fallen soldier

President Donald Trump paused to honor the widow of William "Ryan" Owens, a Navy SEAL who became the first military casualty of the Trump administration, during his address to Congress on Tuesday night.

"We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William "Ryan" Owens," Trump said. "Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero –- battling against terrorism and securing our nation."

Owens broke down in tears during the touching tribute, while the entire room gave her an extended standing ovation.

11 PHOTOS
Carryn Owens, Navy SEAL's widow, breaks down during Trump's speech
See Gallery
Carryn Owens, Navy SEAL's widow, breaks down during Trump's speech
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (L), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, reacts as Ivanka Trump, daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, and her husband Jared Kushner (R), applaud after Owens was mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (C), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, reacts as Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump applauds, after being mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (C), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, reacts as Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump applauds, after being mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens (C), widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, sits with Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Trump Addresses Joint Session of Congress - Washington, U.S. - 28/02/17 - Carryn Owens, widow of Senior Chief Petty Officer William "Ryan" Owens, applauds with Ivanka Trump (R), daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump, after being mentioned by President Trump. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Widow of Fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William Owens, Carryn Owens (2ndL), first lady Melania Trump and White House Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner attend a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Widow of Fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William Owens, Carryn Owens and first lady Melania Trump attend a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Widow of Fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William Owens, Carryn Owens and first lady Melania Trump attend a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: Energy Department Secretary Rick Perry (top 2ndL), Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson (top 2nd R), widow of fallen Navy Seal, Senior Chief William Owens, Carryn Owens (front 2ndL), first lady Melania Trump (front 2ndR) and White House Senior Advisor to the President for Strategic Planning Jared Kushner (front R) attend a joint session of the U.S. Congress with U.S. President Donald Trump on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 28: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump and the entire chamber reacts towards Carryn Owens, widow of Navy Seal Ryan Owens, as Trump delivers his first address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on February 28, 2017 in the House chamber of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. Trump's first address to Congress focused on national security, tax and regulatory reform, the economy, and healthcare. (Photo by Jim Lo Scalzo - Pool/Getty Images)
HIDE CAPTION
SHOW CAPTION
of
SEE ALL
BACK TO SLIDE

Some sources, however, are claiming that some notable Democrats refused to stand and honor the fallen soldier's widow: U.S. Representatives Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Keith Ellison of Minnesota, and Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.

"Cameras captured top Democrat Reps. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.), Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), and Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) staying firmly seated, seemingly emotionless, and refusing to clap for Owens," wrote The Blaze.

"AWFUL: Top Democrats Refuse to Stand, Clap for Navy SEAL Widow Honored by Trump," reads the headline of a Daily Wire article.

Many sources are using this photo of the aforementioned politicians to prove their argument:


YouTube

Taken out of context, the image may seem a bit damning.

But Snopes was able to determine the above still was taken more than half an hour before the tribute to Owens, while Trump was discussing inner cities (seen at the 9:10 mark in the following video).

To further evaluate the story, Politifact examined multiple video and photographic sources and found that, while some Democrats may not have stood and applauded Owens for as long as Republicans did, both Wasserman Schultz and Ellison did, in fact, stand up and clap in acknowledgment.

In response to Snopes and Politifact classifying the story as definitively fake, The Blaze updated their story with a tweet from Benny Johnson that allegedly show that Schultz and participated in the first round of applause, but sat for the second.

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.