Democratic presidential contender Tim Ryan took advantage of his limited time in the spotlight to embarrass himself by disrespecting the American national anthem.
Even in a group of notably anti-American Democrats, Ryan made himself stand out from the crowd in the worst way possible by being the only candidate who didn’t put his hand on his heart during a performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at the opening of Tuesday night’s debate in Detroit.
Surprisingly, this led to the commentators criticizing the marginal candidate prior to even the opening statements began.
Ryan, stood alongside South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, author Marianne Williamson, former Maryland Rep. John Delaney, former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.
Ryan was the only candidate to “protest” the anthem as it played by deciding to stand with his hands clasped in front of his body, rather than at his chest.
“Rep. Tim Ryan didn’t put his hand over his heart during the national anthem,” wrote former George W. Bush press secretary and Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer. “I guess he’s appealing to the Kaepernick wing of the Democratic Party.”
Added Meghan McCain: “Put your hand over your heart for the star-spangled banner Tim Ryan!!!”
The Daily Wire’s Ryan Saavedra wrote, “All these candidates have contempt for America, Tim Ryan is just choosing to be honest about it.”
Other viewers suggested that Ryan was simply an airhead and had forgotten to place his hand on his heart.
We could see another similar debacle occur during Wednesday night debate as another batch of hopeless Democrats tear each other to pieces over the nomination to see who will lose to Trump in 2020. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee reportedly inquired last week whether “The Star-Spangled Banner” would be played at the debate, prompting speculation as to his plans for the performance.
Ryan, who challenged House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the role of minority leader in 2016, has struggled to gain momentum. He has sought to appeal primarily to blue-collar voters in the Midwest and this stunt, surely won’t help him in that sense.
The Ohio Democrat laughed off criticism of his actions and then said to ABC News “I love this country as much as everybody else.”
“The national anthem plays at football games, I put my hand on my heart for the Pledge of Allegiance,” he continued in his own defense. “I don’t know, the choir was singing and it was great,” he said, seemingly brushing off the incident.
Speaking to Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” last month, Ryan said the real problem at the southern border is that so many people feel the need to flee their home countries in the first place.
“Why are these people migrating to the United States? Because gangs are running Honduras and Guatemala and El Salvador,” he said. “So a real president would say, ‘Let’s get to the root of the problem, let’s fix it so these people can stay in their own homes in Central America.'”
A typical Democrat, Ryan apparently cares more about Central America than he does about the U.S. and his actions Tuesday night fully displayed that.