Following the announcement by Rep. Maxine Waters, D.-Fla., that she would not be attending President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union address on Jan. 30, a veteran offered to take Waters’ place at the event.
Ricky Taylor, an Army veteran who was twice deployed to Afghanistan, tweeted Monday that he would be interested in taking Waters’ seat at the State of the Union so he could personally express his appreciation to the president.
“Everyone please help and retweet. I would like to take Maxine Waters seats at The State Of The Union Address. If they don’t want to go this Military Veteran would gladly go. I’d tell the President how much he means to myself, family, Military, and all of his supporters!” Taylor tweeted under his Twitter handle, “Deplorable Vet,” a hat tip to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s description of some Trump supporters.
@FoxNews Everyone please help and retweet. I would like to take Maxine Waters seats at The State Of The Union Address. If they don’t want to go this Military Veteran would gladly go. I’d tell the President how much he means to myself, family, Military, and all of his supporters!
— Deplorable Vet 🇱🇷 (@Elucifer23) January 16, 2018
Fox News responded to Taylor’s tweet by inviting him to appear on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday to discuss his proposition.
Veteran offers to take Rep. Maxine Waters’ SOTU seat https://t.co/uS90vVgVTp
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 17, 2018
Republican Rep. Sean Duffy of Wisconsin saw Taylor on “Fox and Friends” and offered the veteran his guest ticket to the State of the Union address. The two appeared together on Thursday’s broadcast of “Fox and Friends.”
— Sean Duffy (@RepSeanDuffy) January 18, 2018
— FOX & friends (@foxandfriends) January 18, 2018
Duffy said that he usually gives his guest ticket to his wife but, after seeing Taylor, the couple decided to offer the ticket to him. Taylor said he was thrilled to be invited to attend the State of the Union with Duffy, and that he did not believe he would receive a response to his request from Waters.
“I don’t think I really fit Maxine’s narrative,” Taylor said. “I’m a black, Latino veteran, and she wants to portray Donald Trump’s supporters as middle-aged white men that live in trailers and have Confederate flags sticking out.”
“I pretty much knew I wouldn’t get a response,” Taylor said.