Wasserman Schultz slams Conway for sharing fake news story on Twitter

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Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz slammed Kellyanne Conway on Thursday for retweeting a false report about her refusing to stand to honor the widow of William "Ryan" Owens, a Navy SEAL who became the first military casualty of the Trump administration, during Trump's address to Congress.

The link shared by Conway alleged that both Wasserman Schultz and Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison purposely remained seated during the president's touching tribute to Carryn Owens, who broke down in tears on Tuesday night amid an extended round of applause from the roomful of politicians.

"Hope this is not true," Conway wrote. "It was a moment of unity and deserved recognition."

During a Wednesday night appearance on CNN's 'OutFront,' Wasserman Schultz was shown Conway's tweet and asked if she had received an apology.

"Of course she hasn't apologized, because that's their M.O. They generate and perpetuate fake news," she responded. "They don't tell the truth. They lie, they distort, they intentionally put out false information so that they can try to control the news cycle...I don't need an apology, I need them to start telling the truth."

Snopes and Politifact were both able to debunk the story, citing multiple photos and videos to prove that both of the aforementioned parties did, in fact, stand up and applaud Owens during the tribute.

See photos from the tribute:

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Carryn Owens, Navy SEAL's widow, breaks down during Trump's speech
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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)
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It was also found that the image of a seated Wasserman Schultz and Ellison being used to support the false claim was captured more than half an hour before the tribute to Owens even happened.

Nonetheless, the false report is still being presented as fact by a number of media outlets and politicians.

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