Among the most memorable moments of President Donald Trump’s speech last night before Congress was when he honored fallen Navy SEAL Ryan Owens, who was slain during a raid in Yemen in January, and his wife Carryn Owens. CNN’s Van Jones said what many of us were thinking: “He became president of the United States in that moment, period.”
“I just spoke to our great General Mattis, who reconfirmed that ‘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 enemy,” Trump told Carryn.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) March 1, 2017
It was an emotional moment for everyone — apparently with the exception of a number of Congressional Democrats who remained stone-faced during Trump’s tribute.
Their silence was nothing in light of how Dan Grilo, a former Hillary Clinton staffer decided to react to the incident. As Fox News reported:
A former Hillary Clinton volunteer drew swift condemnation — including from President Trump’s eldest son — after mocking the widow of a fallen Navy SEAL who was honored by the president during his congressional address Tuesday night.
Dan Grilo, who said in his Twitter profile that he was a former volunteer for both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama, made the remarks after Trump paid tribute to Carryn Owens.
While widely regarded as the most powerful moment of the night, Grilo was not impressed. Responding to a tweet from L.A. Times reporter Matt Pearce, who noted that Owens was crying and overwhelmed, Grilo tweeted:
“Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.”
The tweet quickly zipped around social media as commentators on both sides of the aisle were outraged by the swipe. Donald Trump Jr. called the tweet an example of “hatred from the other side.”
Grilo’s Tweet – then Twitter account – and then LinkedIn account were deleted after attracting attention. So courageous.
Sorry Grilo, she wasn’t being exploited, she was being honored. But then honor isn’t something you know anything about.
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]