TIME 2016 Election

Texas Politician’s Tweet Calls Hillary Clinton the C-Word

Sid Miller
Michael Donhauser/picture-alliance/AP Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller stands in his office in Austin, Texas on Sept. 12, 2016.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller blamed a staff member. "It should never have happened"

The Republican leader of a Texas state agency on Tuesday referred to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton as a “c—t” in a since-deleted tweet.

Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller blamed his staff for a tweet that used a derogatory term in place of Clinton’s name while cheering Donald Trump’s one-point lead in a poll. “PENNSYLVANIA: NEW AUTO ALLIANCE POLL. TRUMP 44 C–T 43. Go Trump Go!” read the tweet, which was posted on Miller’s account.

A Miller spokesman initially said the Twitter account was “hacked,” the San Antonio Express-News reports. The elected official said in an interview with the newspaper that a staff member was responsible.

“You can tell by reading it it’s not something I sent out. I hadn’t read it,” he said, adding that he was “sorry it happened.”

“We dealt with it. It was a simple mistake, an oversight,” Miller added. “It should have never happened. I would never talk that way.”

[San Antonio Express-News]

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