In the wake of Democratic U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters saying she'll skip Republican President Donald Trump's State of the Union address in protest, an Army veteran is making headlines with his offer to sit in Waters' seat during the speech.
Ricky Taylor — who goes by the apropos Twitter handle "Deplorable Vet" — caught some viral fire after tweeting his suggestion Monday:
"I’d tell the President how much he means to myself, family, Military, and all of his supporters!" Taylor, who did two tours of Afghanistan, tweeted.
Waters isn't the only one intending to skip the State of the Union on Jan. 30. Also planning no-shows are Democratic representatives John Lewis of Georgia, Frederica Wilson of Florida, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Earl Blumenauer of Oregon, Fox News reported.
Skipping State of the Union https://t.co/E1fC2IE60W— Fox News (@Fox News)1516194309.0
What did Taylor say on 'Fox & Friends'?
Taylor showed up on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday morning to break down a bit more his reasons for offering to take Waters' seat and his opinion of Trump.
“She goes on TV, and just because she’s black she thinks that she speaks for all black people,” Taylor told “Fox & Friends” Wednesday. “... I'm half black, half Puerto Rican ... there's so many Trump supporters out there that are minorities ... she doesn’t speak for everybody. She surely doesn’t speak for me.”
Has Taylor heard from Waters' office?
Taylor indicated he hasn't heard from Waters' office regarding his offer but said he believes the politician who's grown famous for hating Trump goes on such rants for "publicity" and a desire to “pander to her audience."
In describing her reasons for protesting Trump's address, Waters called the president a "liar" who "does not deserve my attention."
“I don’t trust him, I don’t appreciate him, and I wouldn’t waste my time sitting in that house, listening to what he has to say,” she added.
What did Taylor have to say about Waters' statements?
He called Waters' criticisms of Trump "extremely disrespectful."
Why else does Taylor want to make this happen?
He told "Fox & Friends" that he wanted to make some noise since the "mainstream media" doesn't want to "portray [Trump] supporters" and would prefer to "have us hidden."
(H/T: BizPac Review)