Top Trump Supporter In Texas Calls Hillary Clinton A 'C**t' On Twitter
Texas Agriculture Commission Sid Miller is a big fan of Donald Trump.
#txlege pic.twitter.com/zkxsEo5FeI— Edgar Walters (@ewaltersTX) November 1, 2016
Miller is a big-league supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. Miller’s spokesman has called his boss “Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleader and champion in the state of Texas.”
Miller quickly deleted the offending tweet on Tuesday, and his communications director tried to claim that his Twitter account had been hacked. A tweet was posted on his account reading: “@MillerForTexas HAS BEEN HACKED. The disgusting re-tweet has been removed and we have changed all account passwords. Be advised.”
Reporters were immediately skeptical of the “I was hacked” defense. Miller has a long history of tweeting controversial comments on Twitter. And people caught in a bind often say they were hacked as a rushed defense when they face criticism. (Former Rep. Anthony Weiner, for example, claimed he was hacked when photos leaked of a man in underwear. He wasn’t hacked, obviously.)
Shortly after the attempt at damage control, Miller admitted he wasn’t hacked. He said a staffer had “inadvertently retweeted a tweet that they were not aware contained a derogatory term.”
New statement from Sid Miller's office abandons the hack defense: pic.twitter.com/pOGcHGd8lv— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 1, 2016
Miller’s tweet, however, wasn’t actually a retweet. It was reportedly cut and pasted from another account. The commissioner also quickly tweeted an apology.
Commissioner Miller finds the term vulgar and offensive and apologizes to anyone who may have seen it.— Sid Miller (@MillerForTexas) November 1, 2016
Last year, Miller’s official Facebook page shared a post suggesting that an atomic bomb should take out the “Muslim world.” He blamed a staffer for the post, and his assistant promised that Miller “will ensure that future postings do not reflect views that do not align with his view.”
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) condemned Miller’s tweet Tuesday afternoon:
JUST IN — Greg Abbott on Sid Miller: "The language is reprehensible & is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way"— Patrick Svitek (@PatrickSvitek) November 1, 2016
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