Democratic presidential hopeful Tim Ryan has been criticized for not letting his hand fall over his heart during the national anthem.
The Ohio senator was seen alongside his fellow 2020 contenders without his hand on his chest for the CNN debate in Detroit, Michigan.
All of his Democratic rivals laid their hands on their hearts as they sang The Star-Spangled Banner last night for the second round of presidential primaries.
This was quickly noticed by commentators who criticized Ryan for not following the example of his nine co-presidential candidates while holding his hands to his body.
Meghan McCain tweeted: & # 39; Put your hand over your heart for the star-painted banner Tim Ryan !!! & # 39;
Democratic presidential candidates Marianne Williamson, (from left to right), Tim Ryan, Amy Klobuchar, Mayor of Indiana Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, former Texas Beto O & R 39, Rourke, John Hickenlooper, John Delaney and Steve Bullock perform at the start of the debate
Tim Ryan did not see his heart cover during the national anthem prior to the debate at the Fox Theater in Detroit, Michigan
Ryan stood next to Pete Buttigieg, Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto R & Rourke, Amy Klobuchar, author Marianne Williamson, John Delaney, former Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper and Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
But before the opening declarations of the candidates could begin, Republican commentators were slamming Ryan.
Former press secretary George W Bush, Ari Fleischer, wrote: & # 39; Rep. Tim Ryan did not put his hand over his heart during the national anthem. I think he appeals to the Kaepernick wing of the Democratic Party. & # 39;
Some suggested, however, that it could only be a simple mistake by Ryan.
Also in the audience were three young black men kneeling during the national anthem at football matches to protest against brutality by the police.
O & # 39; Rourke invited them to the debate as guests. He has spoken out in defense of NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, including former player Colin Kaepernick who started the protest.
Ryan was criticized by Republican commentators for not putting his hand on his chest during The Star-Spangled Banner
During the debate, Ryan mocked his more liberal rivals who argued for the decriminalization of illegal border crossings.
& # 39; At least you need to ring the bell to enter the country. & # 39;
& # 39; We have asylum laws. It is embarrassing what happens, but Donald Trump does it and even if you decriminalize what you shouldn't do, you still have the legal authority and the president can use his authority to divorce families. & # 39;
Ryan is considered a moderate candidate for the Oval Office and emphasized during the discussions that illegal immigration must remain legally prohibited.
He formed an unofficial moderate alliance with John Delaney of Maryland to tell hardline candidates such as Warren and Sanders that they risk transferring the 2020 elections to Trump.
During his campaign, he tried to appeal to workers in the Midwest, or & # 39; people taking a shower after work & # 39; as he described them.
Marianne Williamson and Rep. Tim Ryan, D-Ohio, shake hands after the first of two Democratic presidential primary debates organized by CNN on Tuesday
Democrats in the Midwest have lost part of their base in the workers' movement to Trump, who is hoping to retire Ryan from Youngstown, Ohio.
In 2016, Ryan House Speaker Nancy Pelosi challenged the role of minority leader, but struggled to get a grip.
Sanders also exploded with Ryan last night when he disagreed with his claim that the & # 39; Medicare for All & # 39; plans circulating Capitol Hill are wide enough to cover every American and those illegally in the country.
Sanders said: & # 39; Medicare for All is comprehensive, it covers all healthcare needs for the elderly. It will eventually include dental care, hearing aids and glasses.
& # 39; You don't know that, & # 39; Ryan fell in.
& # 39; I know! & # 39; Sanders shot back. & # 39; I wrote the damn bill! & # 39;
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