At debate, Dem candidate fails to place hand over heart during national anthem

At debate, Dem candidate fails to place hand over heart during national anthem
Image: CNN screen grab

There were plenty of noteworthy lowlights in last night’s Democratic presidential debate. One came when Sen. Elizabeth Warren chastised the crowd for laughing as she recited a sad health care anecdote, telling those assembled, “This isn’t funny.” (Moral: Some people — even would-be Amerindians — are lousy storytellers.)

But not all of the lowlights were verbal. One that is generating a good bit of commentary this morning is the failure of Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan (who?) to place his hand over his heart during the singing of the national anthem. (Although it is going largely without mention, presidential contender Marianne Williamson also began with her hands folded in front of her but self-corrected partway through the performance. Check out the “before” and “after shots below.)

Image: CNN screen grab

Among those who commented on the snub or gaffe — it’s still unclear which it was — were Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush, who tweeted:

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New York magazine editor Joe Adalian, meantime wondered whether Ryan’s act of disrespect or ignorance was “subtle play for the super far left vote.”

Remarkably, no one appears to have commented on another presidential candidate who also failed to place his hand over his heart during the playing of the national anthem. He went on to become president:

What surprises me is that with all those socialists on stage last night, no one complained about the decision to perform the anthem in the first place. Have they forgotten that the anthem is racist and a form of “nationalistic indoctrination”? That the poem “The Star-Spangled Banner” is itself so offensive that in 2017 the California NAACP proposed dumping it in favor of something else?

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."