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."
Hope this is not true.
It was a moment of unity and deserved recognition. https://t.co/7oIKPGmhNR
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) March 1, 2017
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."
— OutFrontCNN (@OutFrontCNN) March 2, 2017
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:
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.