The statewide official who oversees Texas farming and ranching uses obscenity to describe the Democratic presidential nominee,
AUSTIN – A statewide elected official is taking heavy fire Tuesday after his Twitter account posted an entry referring to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton in one of the most vulgar terms in the lexicon.
In touting a second-tier poll showing Donald Trump pulling ahead in the crucial swing state of Pennsylvania, Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller posted “TRUMP 44 C--- 43 GO TRUMP GO.”
Miller, in his first term as head of the agency that oversees the Texas farming and ranching sectors, is a Trump surrogate. His office quickly disavowed and took down the tweet, first saying the account must have been hacked and later Miller told the Texas Tribune that a staffer posted the item. However, last week Miller posted a tweet saying: "#CrookedHillary needs a dozen people to check her tweets. My thoughts are my own. Healthy as a bull here."
The post drew nearly instant condemnation on social media from Democrats.
“Sid Miller has class. Too bad it’s all lower than a snake’s belly,” tweeted longtime Democratic operative Harold Cook.
Tweeted U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio: "Today's words from @MillerForTexas are reprehensible and indicative of the hate and intolerance that's infested the TX Republican Party."
By afternoon, “Sid Miller” was trending.
Gov. Greg Abbott called the language used by his fellow Republican repugnant.
"The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment," Abbott said in a statement. "No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way."
The Texas Democratic Party quickly seized on the tweet, reprinting it with the offensive word blurred in an email urging supporters to make a campaign contribution with just a week before the Nov. 8 elections.
“It’s not about one tweet, it’s about a consistent pattern where the Republican Party fails to show even the most basic sense of human decency,” the email said just above a hyperlink to its fundraising page.
Miller, a former state lawmaker, has been no stranger to controversy in his near two years in office. This year, he was investigated but not charged after it was reported that he had used taxpayers’ dollars for an out-of-state trip to receive a medical procedure dubbed a “Jesus shot,” considered something of a faith cure for chronic pain.
Trump over the weekend gave Miller a shout-out during a campaign stop in Las Vegas, calling him “a great guy on television” and “another star” after Miller talked up the GOP nominee.