“this Military Veteran would gladly go”
An army veteran named Ricky Taylor took advantage of the fact that Maxine Waters and other Democrats are boycotting Trump’s first state of the union address. He published a tweet asking to take Waters’ seat and it went viral.
@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
He was even invited on FOX and Friends to discuss it:
Now Taylor is getting his wish. Wisconsin Republican Sean Duffy invited him to come along.
Sally Persons reports at the Washington Times:
Rep. Sean Duffy gives SOTU ticket to veteran who asked to go in place of members boycotting
Rep. Sean Duffy said Thursday that he’s given his guest ticket for the State of the Union to the Army veteran who asked to take the ticket of those representatives boycotting the speech.
Ricky Taylor, who served two tours in Afghanistan, tweeted earlier this week that he would like to attend the speech since he is a Trump supporter. His Twitter handle is “Deplorable Vet,” a play on Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s description of some Trump supporters as “a basket of deplorables” during the campaign.
“@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!” Mr. Taylortweeted Monday.
Mr. Duffy, Wisconsin Republican, saw the request and decided to give the ticket usually reserved for his wife to Mr. Taylor. The Army veteran said Thursday that he’s happy to attend the speech with Mr. Duffy and never really believed Ms. Waters, California Democrat, would respond to his request.
Taylor seems very happy about the invitation:
It's official! I am going to the STATE OF THE UNION ADDRESS! Thanks to Representative for Wisconsin's Seventh District Sean Duffy @RepSeanDuffy for personally inviting me as his guest! I am extremely thankful for this. Couldn't have done it without all of you and @foxandfriends pic.twitter.com/4lIvgmb7RP
— Deplorable Vet ???????? (@Elucifer23) January 17, 2018
There are several Democrats boycotting the event. Matt Vespa of Townhall has the list:
President Donald J. Trump is set to deliver the State of the Union on January 30. To no one’s surprise, a few Democrats will be boycotting the event. Well, five total—all the typical loudmouths of the Democratic Party.
1. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
2. Maxine Waters (D-CA)
3. Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.)
4. John Lewis (D-GA)
5. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR)
They should give the remaining seats to other veterans. They deserve them.
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