Donald Trump "became president of the United States" when he recognized the widow of slain Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens, CNN commentator Van Jones said Tuesday.
"He became president of the United States in that moment," Jones told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. "Period.
"There are a lot of people who have a lot of reason to be frustrated with him, fearful of him, mad at him.
"But that was one of the most extraordinary moments you have ever seen in American politics, period."
Trump recognized Carryn Owens in his speech in a moment that elicited strong applause lasting more than 2 minutes from every corner of the chamber of the House of Representatives.
"He did something extraordinary," Jones told Cooper, "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."
The commentator said that he was concerned about some of Trump's points — and "a lot he said in that speech that was counter-factual, not true, not right and that I oppose.
"But he did something that you can't take away from him," Jones said: "He became president of the United States."
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