Former NSA analyst unloads on Trump for exploiting widow of slain Navy SEAL

The widow of a Navy SEAL officer who was killed in a botched combat mission following an order from President Donald Trump was unfairly exploited for political gain, according to a former NSA analyst.

“We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William ‘Ryan’ Owens,” Trump said during his address to the nation Tuesday night. “Ryan died as he lived: a warrior, and a hero — battling against terrorism and securing our nation.”

The attention to Owens drew tremendous applause from members of Congress and a two-minute standing ovation for the widow. Yet not everyone was happy with the president for singling her out. Former NSA analyst John Schindler saw it in a different light.

“For God’s sake leave this poor woman alone,” Schindler tweeted out on Tuesday night.

His tweets after that moment demonstrate why his outrage makes a lot sense.

Schindler’s concern extended beyond the exploitation of Carryn Owens, as he also wondered what was wrong with citizens who actually supported this sort of thing by President Trump.

Schindler also pointed out that he wasn’t the only one who appeared perturbed by the political use of Owens by Trump, taking note of the Joint Chiefs expressions as he thanked the widow for her husband’s service.

Take a look for yourself to see what he meant:

Many in the media are giving props to Trump following his speech on Tuesday night for delivering a message that wasn’t hyped up or partisan in rhetoric. But delving deeper into the issues and underlying realities of his words reveals some truly shocking aspects of his speech that the American people may not be happy with, including the exploitation of a military widow.

 

Chris Walker has been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.



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Chris Walker
Chris Walker been writing about political issues for the past decade, including for sites such as Elite Daily, AMERICAblog, and Mic. You can follow him on Twitter @thatchriswalker.