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Not All Gold Star Family Members Equal: Democrats Assume Widow Of U.S. Navy Seal “Exploited” By Trump, Didn’t Assume Khizr Khan Exploited By Hillary

Filed under: General — Dana @ 8:01 pm

[guest post by Dana]

Last night, during President Trump’s speech before Congress, he took a moment to introduce Carryn Owens, the widow of recently slain U.S. Navy SEAL Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens. It was a truly heartbreaking moment. Mrs. Owens’ raw grief and immense pain could not be contained, and came tumbling out in one huge cathartic wave bursting forth as the chamber gave a two-minute standing ovation in honor of her husband. Like many others, all I could do was pray and hope that God would overwhelm her with the outpouring of love and compassion from those in the chamber, and from those of us watching on TV. Right then, right there.

Sadly, of course, it didn’t take long at all for the *horrible people that walk among us to accuse a Navy SEAL widow of being little more than a pawn who let herself be exploited by President Trump:

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Because here’s the thing: If one believes that President Trump exploited Mrs. Owens, one would also have to believe that Mrs. Owens willingly allowed herself be used by him. Is that a message accusers want to go with? Democratic accusers. Do they really think America at large believes that Mrs. Owens, a grieving widow, saw this as anything other than something pure, something noble, and something strong, and something eloquently simple: to publicly honor her husband’s memory, to point to his life led in the service of others, and to have his name etched forever in the collective mind of the American people.

And, as it always goes with the left, if these people are going to accuse President Trump of exploiting Mrs. Owens and her granting him permission to do so, then they must also believe that Hillary Clinton exploited Gold Star family member Khizr Khan, and that he too willingly rolled over and allowed himself to be used by her for political gain. Nothing more, nothing less. Funny, though, I never read one word, let alone one accusation from the left that made this connection.


By the way, Dan Grilo, who identified himself as a Clinton campaign volunteer, and called Carryn Owens an “idiot” in the tweet above, was fired from his job today.

(Cross-posted at The Jury Talks Back.)


28 Responses to “Not All Gold Star Family Members Equal: Democrats Assume Widow Of U.S. Navy Seal “Exploited” By Trump, Didn’t Assume Khizr Khan Exploited By Hillary”

  1. I wish Democrats would stop assuming the worst about women.

    Dana (023079)

  2. Generally, Democrats do things on their merits while Republicans are calculating.

    AZ Bob (f7a491)

  3. Sadly Dana, they seem to be following the kos path:

    There’s also laurie David and Michael Moore, like dolezal and king they belong together

    narciso (d1f714)

  4. News breaking- Press reports Sessions lied under oath during confirmation hearings denying he met w/Russians.

    The nation doesn’t need this. He has to resign.

    “What? That cracker?!” – Mama Caleba [Beah Richards] ‘In The Heat Of The Night’ 1967

    DCSCA (797bc0)

  5. Obama administration met 31 times with Iranian official, mousavian arranged between Rhode’s kramerica intern, price and regime stooge trita parsi

    narciso (d1f714)

  6. How nice was Trump to the Khans?

    nk (dbc370)

  7. We saw clearly at the convention, even general Allen was booed for extolling our serviceman, I can’t help recall how marks little
    stunt, made him even more popular

    narciso (d1f714)

  8. Every candidate including Biden and Obama, had a kos diary,

    narciso (d1f714)

  9. He was not nice at all, nk. But his ugly behavior doesn’t change, nor justify the assumptions made about Mrs. Owens.

    Dana (023079)

  10. I agree. Only she knows what she’s going through.

    nk (dbc370)

  11. 4.”News breaking- Press reports Sessions lied under oath during confirmation hearings denying he met w/Russians.

    The nation doesn’t need this. He has to resign.”

    Fake news?

    From the WaPo::

    “Sarah Isgur Flores, Mr. Sessions’s spokeswoman, said “there was absolutely nothing misleading about his answer” because he did not communicate with the ambassador in his capacity as a Trump campaign surrogate. She said Mr. Sessions had at least 25 conversations in 2016 with ambassadors from a range of nations — including Britain, Japan, China, Germany and Russia — while on the Senate Armed Services Committee.”

    harkin (afc7a6)

  12. First thing I’ve thought of, harkin. I spent a good fifteen minutes talking to an ambassador at a charitable fundraising dinner one time, and I’m not even a Senator and I don’t even live in Washington.

    nk (dbc370)

  13. 4… I trust you are just joking, DCSCA. What a crock of excrement.

    Colonel Haiku (2601c0)

  14. This is the October surprise narrative with a fresh paint of varnish only loons like victor ostrovsky venture into those waters

    narciso (d1f714)

  15. Go to Ace of Spades and/or check out Obama’s 2014 SOTU when he honored a Ranger who had suffered horrific injuries.

    This is the last gasp of liberalism/D and from Alinsky playbook.

    Can’t beat them? Isolate and make them a parriha.

    You can almost hear the left trying to reach for their collective breaths. They got nothing left.

    Steve_in_SoCal (58e1f9)

  16. The father of one of the Special Ops killed in Somalia (Blackhawk Down) cussed out Clinton at the award ceremony for the Medal of Honor to his son. Tread lightly around people who have lost loved ones.

    nk (dbc370)

  17. #18 – The secret service agent who wrote a book recently about guarding the Clintons had an interesting part (wouldn’t recommend buying the book as it was not what it was hyped to be) about a meeting in which George Stephanopoulos and others came out and had denied a request for hardware/equipment meant for ops in Mogadishu. Account was something along the line of George saying “they don’t really need all that equipment … costs a lot of money” as they breezed by the agent.
    No idea if that really happened – just one person’s account but would love to have George get the question posed to him sometime.

    SpokaneBob (e86321)

  18. I read the book “Blackhawk Down”. It was a SNAFU from top to bottom. From Clinton’s decision to pull out the main body of troops leaving a sub-strength detachment dependent on the UN contingents, to the battalion commander engaging in a risky operation without a reserve unit ready to come to the aid of the first wave if they got into trouble.

    nk (dbc370)

  19. #20 Thanks – will add to my reading list. Not a big movie buff.

    SpokaneBob (1aaf2a)

  20. I don’t think Black Hawk was a snafu I think it was deliberately sabotaged by Bill Clinton, in cojunction with Pakistan, so as give him an excuse to withdraw U.S. troops from Somalia, and turn parts of Somalia over to Islamic extremists. I grant him no presumption of innocence.

    Now the Yemen raid – I suspect it’s quite possible that bad informaiton or semi-good information was fed to U.S., and the people who were being raised were warned, so as to 1) ambush the U.S. and discourage too many raids and 2) if the raid succeeded in capturing any records 2) plant misleading or incomplete information as to who exactly was in charge of terrorist activities in Yemen.

    The U.S. also killed a son-in-law of Osama bin Laden in Syria, who was also said to be the #2 man in al Qaeda. (?) I think he was probably betrayed by ISIS, and ISIS may also be responsible for the raid in Yemen,

    The U.S. in large part, may have created ISIS by killing off all of Baghdadi’s superioris and rivals, and he’s still manipulating the United States. They’re not able to kill him because he’s probably the source of a lot of information!

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  21. I was H&S Company Commander for 1st Battalion, 7th Marines while we were in Somalia, up through April 1993. When the Army arrived they asked for their Armor, and were denied. They asked that they be loaned the USMC Armor we were back loading onto the ships, and were denied.

    They were told the UN/Multinational force was to be lead, and was de-escalating, now this was “just” peacekeeping.

    So not only were the forces given less equipment, but they were given idiotic rules of engagement.

    Then, the UN (read Boutros Boutros-Ghali) decided “peace” was being held up by Aideed. All of a sudden Aideed was not a clan leader to negotiate with, he was “the enemy” to be captured.

    We got roped into a power struggle between Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Mohammad Farah Aideed – our troops were sent on a mission for which they had poor equipment, poor intelligence, and a poor plan.

    The troops were magnificent, their leaders failed them at every level.

    Personally, given a choice between Boutros Boutros-Ghali and Mohammad Farah Aideed, I’m certain Aideed liked the US better (his son was sent here to school, was naturalized and joined the USMCR – he returned to Somalia to take over the clan).

    Steven Malynn (d29fc3)

  22. Sammy, like I said, the main body of the troops were withdrawn before the incident, and Clinton did that for the sake of his “dove” image. That’s what led to the disaster.

    SpokaneBob, I have not seen the movie, either. The book, by Mark Bowden, I highly recommend.

    nk (dbc370)

  23. 24. nk (dbc370) — 3/2/2017 @ 7:59 am

    Sammy, like I said, the main body of the troops were withdrawn before the incident, and Clinton did that for the sake of his “dove” image. That’s what led to the disaster.

    The disaster was caused by relying on false information.

    I think Clinton did not want to be criticized for not putting U.s. troops back in. So he aranged fror a miliary debacle so that nodoby would ask for U.S. troops to be sent back into Somalia.

    Sammy Finkelman (8dcc71)

  24. Yes it was, the film. Was a little less satisfying, the administration then, was focused on Yeltsin dialogue with the Russian parliament with live ammunition.

    narciso (d1f714)

  25. The argument about the success or failure of the mission to Yemen depends upon how valuable was all the informatgion about possible kinds of terrorist plots. Things like a non-magnetic bomb to put on airplanes.

    The information is probably 5-10 years old, but may not be familiar to U.S. authorities.

    Also maybe these are ideas al Qaeda never implenmented and wasn’t about to.

    There is also some information on networks. What I worry about is if any of this is disinformation.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

  26. Trump needs to go afetr the teachers, not the students.

    Here is one article about going after the teachers. Or not going after them. David cameron said some of what’s going on (in Europe prior to 2011) is like turning to a right-wing fascist party to fight a violent white supremacist movement.

    Sammy Finkelman (6f9f42)

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