The Big Story
A since-deleted tweet Tuesday from Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's account appeared to be calling Hillary Clinton the c-word. In the home stretch of the November election, Miller, who sits on Donald Trump's Agricultural Advisory Committee, has emerged as one of Trump’s go-to men in Texas. In a statement to the Tribune Tuesday afternoon, Miller’s office said they were not aware the tweet contained a derogatory term and apologized to those who saw it. Here’s what went down:
• The original tweet was copy-and-pasted from another user and showed the results of a poll that had Trump earning 44 percent support and Clinton getting 43 percent. However, in place of Clinton's name was the obscenity. The tweet was deleted within 15 minutes of posting it, and Miller's account then tweeted that "@MillerForTexas HAS BEEN HACKED. The disgusting re-tweet has been removed and we have changed all account passwords. Be advised." Miller’s second tweet has since been removed as well.
• While Miller's staff first told the San Antonio Express-News that his Twitter account had been hacked, the campaign later stated that the tweet had come from a staffer who didn't realize the full extent of what he or she was sharing. Miller's account then tweeted that "the tweet was taken down as soon as possible. Commissioner Miller finds the term vulgar and offensive and apologizes to anyone who may have seen it."
• Texans across party lines have rebuked Miller for his tweet. In a statement to the Tribune, Gov. Greg Abbott said “the language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way." In addition State Rep. Trey Martinez Fischer tweeted “Guess Doc put too much #dumbass serum in @MillerForTexas taxpayer subsidized shot - he's imbalanced #txlege @HillaryClinton we got your back.”
• Miller is one of many Lone Star Republicans who have rallied behind Trump, and in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, Miller dismissed the claim that Texas could turn blue this November. Todd Smith, a spokesman for the agriculture commissioner, told the Tribune Monday that “Sid Miller has become Donald Trump’s biggest cheerleader and champion in the state of Texas. Sid thinks it’s vitally important for not only our nation, but for farmers and ranchers and agricultural producers, to really fight hard this week on behalf of our nominee, and he’s doing that."
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