An activist who has spent time volunteering for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama showed the world what gracious compassion liberals have in their hearts when he mocked the widow of fallen Navy SEAL, William “Ryan” Owens.
Dan Grilo, who wears his activism on his social media sleeve, was not moved to tears by Carryn Owens at the president’s address to Congress. Unwilling to even drop his hostility towards Donald Trump for a moment, Grilo lashed out at Owens in a tasteless tweet.
At the address, Trump had what was generally considered – by both Republicans and Democrats – one of the strongest moments of his short presidency when he asked Owens to stand up and be recognized. The chamber was rocked with applause for more than two solid minutes as Owens stood in the spotlight, looking up to her husband in the heavens and allowing the tears to stream down her face.
“Our veterans have delivered for this nation—and now we must deliver for them,” Trump said.
One of Trump’s fiercest critics – CNN’s Van Jones – even had to admit the power of the moment.
But not Grilo, who was only moved to say, “Sorry, Owens’ wife, you’re not helping yourself or your husband’s memory by standing there and clapping like an idiot. Trump just used you.”
The tweet went viral, even catching the attention of Donald Trump Jr., who noted: “Hatred from the other side. I would think this is beyond what a human is capable of saying to someone, but it’s not!”
Grilo eventually offered a weak “my comment was poorly worded” kind of apology, but the remark has apparently cost him his job. Liberty Advisor Group, which employed Grilo, released a statement confirming his departure.
“Regardless of whether the comments in the tweet were intended to cause the hurt and anger that they ultimately generated, they were unacceptable to us, and the individual who issued the tweet is no longer affiliated with Liberty,” the statement said.
We won’t sink to Grilo’s level and celebrate his newfound unemployment, but this should serve as yet another reminder to everyone that actions have consequences. And when you lack the heart to look beyond the political rigmarole and appreciate the depth of another human being’s emotional pain – and you then show that ugly side of yourself to the world – you can’t be surprised when your friends, family, and even your employers say, “Yeah, we can’t be associated with you anymore.”
This ugliness goes way beyond Grilo, though. Liberals love to paint themselves as the caring, loving, compassionate members of our society, but the majority of them only care about being “right.” And since they are not right, this creates a lot of internal pain. They then invite the rest of the world to share in that pain.
Sometimes, you’ve gotta just say, “No thanks.”