A 10-year Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan and went viral on Twitter and Fox News asking to take Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters’ seat at this month’s State of the Union Address will now be attending.
Veteran Ricky Taylor will now be attending the State of the Union Address on Jan. 30 after Republican Rep. Sean Duffy asked him to attend, after seeing Taylor on “Fox and Friends” on Wednesday.
“It’s official! I am going to the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS! Thanks to Representative for Wisconsin’s Seventh District Sean Duffy for personally inviting me as his guest! I am extremely thankful for this. Couldn’t have done it without all of you and [Fox and Friends],” Taylor tweeted Wednesday.
When asked why Maxine Waters didn’t reach out to Taylor so he could take her guest ticket for the State of the Union address, Taylor said he doesn’t think he fits her narrative.
Waters, a Democrat from California, is one of several lawmakers who announced they would not be attending the President’s State of the Union Address on Jan. 30 due to Trump’s alleged remarks on Haiti, El Salvador and African nations.
“Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar,” Waters said on MSNBC. “Someone who lies in the face of facts, someone who can change their tune day in and day out. What does he have to say that I would be interested in?”
Taylor, also known by his Twitter handle “Deplorable Vet,” sent out a tweet that went viral, offering to take Waters’ seat.
“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, tagging Fox News.
Taylor’s and his tweet were featured on Fox and Friends on Wednesday. Taylor said he used the Twitter handle “Deplorable Vet” due to his support for Trump and in defiance of Hillary Clinton’s previous “basket of deplorables” remark.
“You can call us what you want, but we’re still going to support our president,” Taylor said.
“There’s so many Trump supporters out there that are minorities,” Taylor added. “She doesn’t speak for everybody, she surely doesn’t speak for me.”