President Donald Trump’s first speech in front of a joint session of Congress was a typical Trump affair in that it was filled with Trump-style platitudes to please and rile up his base while being short of actual details.
While Trump’s speech may have been designed by his behind-the-scenes Svengalis Steve Bannon, Stephen Miller and company to not paint Trump into any corners policy-wise, it did have the unintended effect of underlining just how callous narcissist Trump is when it comes to people.
In a stage moment that could have been lifted from the most cynical of satires, Trump introduced the widow of the Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens, who he recently sent to his death in the ill-conceived Yemeni raid. Trump bragged about how much applause he got for her while she wept in front of everyone. Chris Matthews asked Michael Moore during a special post-speech edition of Hardball, “What do you think about his counting the applause minutes that passed over a very poignant moment with the widow, who looked like a wonderful person, in love with her husband? Then he said ‘He’ll be happy up there in heaven with how many minutes of applause he got.’ Isn’t that strange?”
Responded Moore, “Ryan Owens, his death came as a result of a dinner Trump had with his son-in-law. The widow, that’s why she’s there as sort of an F-you to the people who are criticizing him for this. And this poor women, this widow who has lost her husband is in desperate grief right now.” Moore added, “And to use that to put another notch on his belt and what is he thinking about? ‘My ratings, my record applause. I’m going to get an Emmy for this, most applause for a dead soldier on my watch.’ That is the sickness of this man.” Do you agree with Moore? Watch below: