Sid Miller calls obscene tweet about Clinton an ‘accident’

FILE - In this June 18, 2015, file photo, New Texas Agricultural Commissioner Sid Miller talks about the state's plans to repeal a decade-old ban on deep fryers in public school kitchens, in Austin, Texas. Miller, a first-term Republican who campaigned as an uncompromising conservative, gave out more bonuses to agency employees in his first nine months in office than his predecessor awarded in his first 2½ years on the job, according to an analysis of personnel data. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)
FILE - Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — An obscene tweet about Hillary Clinton, posted from the account of the Texas agriculture commissioner, was deleted minutes later on Tuesday.

The tweet — the results of a Pennsylvania New Auto Alliance poll — showed Donald Trump with 44 percent, and Clinton with 43 percent, but in the place of her name was the obscenity. The tweet ended with “Go Trump Go!”

The San Antonio-Express News was told by a Miller spokesperson they thought they had been hacked, but Miller told KXAN’s Phil Prazan the tweet was an “accident” by someone with access to the account. Miller said the person responsible has been “dealt with.” The commissioner added that the word used is “derogatory and disrespectful… It’s a word I would never use.”

Gov. Greg Abbott, through his press secretary, said, “The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way.”

An apology tweet was posted to Miller’s account at 4:42 p.m., Tuesday:

The campaign was retweeting information on Twitter today and inadvertently retweeted a tweet that they were not aware contained a derogatory term. 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.”

The original tweet does not appear to be a retweet, however.

Wednesday, Texas Democrats held a protest, encouraging women to use their votes to send a message.  “I would like to see women say enough is enough,” said Gina Hinojosa, the Democratic candidate for House District 49. “This has gone too far. We have higher standards. We will be respected and we will vote.”

Miller has been the center of controversy before. In August 2015, the commissioner said he would not apologize for a post on his Facebook page that appeared to suggest using an atomic bomb on Muslims. Three months later, in another Facebook post, Miller compared Syrian refugees to rattlesnakes. In response to the attention the post was getting, Miller told KXAN, “We certainly are a compassionate nation, no question about that. But we wouldn’t want to let in any rattlesnakes.”

Warning: Strong language. 

The tweet deleted from Sid Miller's account. Nov. 1, 2016 (Texas Tribune Screenshot)
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