Van Jones: Trump 'Became President' in Moment Honoring Fallen Navy SEAL
"We are blessed to be joined tonight by Carryn Owens, the widow of a U.S. Navy Special Operator, Senior Chief William Ryan Owens," Trump said. "Ryan died as he lived: a warrior and a hero -- battling against terrorism and securing our nation."
"Ryan's legacy is etched into eternity," Trump added, leading to an extended applause break for the Owens family's sacrifice that lasted nearly two minutes.
Following the speech, CNN political commentator Van Jones, a very vocal critic of the president, said Trump "became President of the United States in that moment...period."
"There are a lot of people that have a lot of reasons to be frustrated with him, to be fearful of him, to be mad at him," Jones said. "But that was one of the most extraordinary moments we have ever seen in American politics...period.
"And he did something extraordinary and for people who have been hoping that he would become unifying, hoping that he might find some way to become presidential, they should be happy with that moment.
Jones said Trump's critics, who might be hoping he remains a "divisive cartoon," should be worried after the speech.
"That thing you just saw him do, if he finds a way to do that over and over again, he's gonna be there for eight years," Jones stated, adding that he believed much of Trump's speech was "counterfactual."
"He did something tonight that you cannot take away from him. He became President of the United States."
Not all liberals were onboard with Jones' take, however, with Michael Moore and Bill Maher blasting Trump for using Owens as a "prop" for his address.
Watch Jones' full remarks in the video above. Also, watch the moving standing ovation for Carryn Owens in the video below.