YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Valley Congressman Tim Ryan is making headlines but not necessarily for what he said during Tuesday night’s Democratic Debate in Detroit.
Ryan was the only candidate who did not put his hand over his heart during the playing of the National Anthem. Ryan stood respectfully with his hands clasped at his waist.
The action or inaction drew criticism on social media from several on the political scene including The View co-host Meghan McCain. Ryan announced his candidacy for president on the show.
Former White House Secretary for George W. Bush also tweeted his disapproval.
Mercedes Schlapp, the White House Director of strategic communications said Ryan was unpresidential.
Ryan’s team issued a statement Wednesday saying the congressman meant no disrespect in his actions and was not making any statement.
“Congressman Ryan wasn’t protesting and didn’t mean to make any statement last night in Detroit, it was a moment of absentmindedness while on a debate stage that won’t happen again. He was, in fact, singing along with the choir to honor our country. Congressman Ryan loves our country and will continue to honor the flag during the anthem in future events, as he has in countless events in the past. ”