2020 Democrat Snubs National Anthem During Dem Debate - WATCH
Presidential contender refused to place hand on heart for 'The Star-Spangled Banner'
Democratic presidential contender Tim Ryan has caused outrage after snubbing the national anthem for the country he supposedly hopes to lead.
Ryan stood out as the only candidate who refused to put his hand on his heart during a performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the opening of Tuesday night's Democrat Debate in Detroit.
The move prompted commentators to blast the marginal candidate even before opening statements began.
Rep. Ryan (D-OH) 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.
During a rendition of the national anthem, Ryan was the only candidate to stand with his hands clasped in front of his body, rather than at his chest.
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"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."
Rep. Tim Ryan didn’t put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. I guess he’s appealing to the Kaepernick wing of the Democratic Party.— Ari Fleischer (@AriFleischer) July 31, 2019
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."
Put your hand over your heart for the star spangled banner Tim Ryan!!! #DemocraticDebate— Meghan McCain (@MeghanMcCain) July 31, 2019
Others speculated that Ryan had simply forgotten to place his hand on his heart.
Democrats have largely supported national anthem protest by famous athletes, such as former NFL quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who claims he took a knee to protest rampant racism and police brutality.
However, the ex-NFL'er recently worked to have Nike cancel a pair of Revolution Era, Betsy Ross-style American flag shoes, revealing that he actually has an issue with the flag.
According to Fox News, a similar episode is possible at Wednesday night's debate when another batch of Democratic candidates will take the stage.
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.
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.'"