Viral 'Deplorable Vet' Offers to Take Maxine Waters' SOTU Seat: 'She Surely Doesn't Speak for Me'
An African-American veteran has offered to take Rep. Maxine Waters' (D-Calif.) seat at President Trump's first State of the Union address later this month.
Waters is one of several Democrat lawmakers who are skipping the event, telling MSNBC last week that Trump is "the most despicable human being that could possibly ever walk the earth."
"Why would I take my time to go and sit and listen to a liar? ... He doesn't deserve my attention," Waters said.
Ricky Taylor, a ten-year Army veteran who served two tours in Afghanistan, started going viral after he tweeted that he would like Waters' seat, so he can attend the State of the Union and thank the president.
@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
On "Fox & Friends," Taylor said he uses the Twitter handle "Deplorable Vet" because he's a proud Trump supporter. After Hillary Clinton's infamous "basket of deplorables" remark, he embraced the term.
"You can call us what you want, but we're still going to support our president," Taylor said.
He said he takes issue with how Waters tries to speak for all black people and minorities.
"There's so many Trump supporters out there that are minorities," Taylor said. "She doesn't speak for everybody, she surely doesn't speak for me."
As for his offer to take Waters' SOTU seats, Taylor said he hasn't heard anything from her office.
"She does this for a publicity stunt. She does it to kind of pander to her audience," Taylor said. "And I just thought it was extremely disrespectful for her to say that about the president."
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UPDATE: A day later on "Fox & Friends," Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) announced a formal invitation to Taylor to join him at the big speech. Watch the interview below.