I Tweeted the woman who is calling for Sid Miller’s head on a post this way:
Yawn. Who cares.
These social justice warriors and their fake prudery makes me laugh. I wonder how many times the woman here has called Anthony Weiner a dick and talked about Donald Trump as an orange orangutan.
A since-deleted tweet sent from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s account on Tuesday used an obscene term to describe Hillary Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee.
After initially claiming he was hacked, Miller said the tweet came from a staffer who did not realize the full extent of what he or she was sharing. The agriculture commissioner, a vocal Trump supporter, said he had been working all day and had instructed campaign staff to use his Twitter account to broadcast pro-Trump messages.
“I said, ‘Why don’t y’all just do some retweets?'” Miller told The Texas Tribune. “They didn’t notice it had a derogatory term in it and they tweeted it out.”
The episode instantly plunged the outspoken Miller into controversy. He earned a stern rebuke from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, who said, “No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way.”
The original tweet, which was apparently copy-and-pasted from another user, purported to show the results of a poll, with Republican nominee Donald Trump earning 44 percent support and Clinton getting 43 percent. However, in place of Clinton’s name was the obscenity.
Miller or his staffers deleted the tweet within 15 minutes of posting it, and left another tweet in its place: “@MillerForTexas HAS BEEN HACKED. The disgusting re-tweet has been removed and we have changed all account passwords. Be advised.”
A few minutes later, however, that tweet was also removed, and Miller’s campaign revealed they had actually screwed up. In a statement, his staff said they had “inadvertently retweeted a tweet that they were not aware contained a derogatory term.”
“The tweet was taken down as soon as possible,” the statement said. “Commissioner Miller finds the term vulgar and offensive and apologizes to anyone who may have seen it.”
Minutes before the Clinton tweet appeared on Miller’s account, the same message, word for word, was tweeted by another Trump supporter on Twitter with whom Miller’s account had been recently interacting. Asked if a staffer had copy-and-pasted the prior tweet and posted it under Miller’s name without noticing the obscenity, Miller told the Texas Tribune, “I think you’re right.”