AUSTIN (AP) — Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller says he fired a campaign worker who posted an obscene reference to Hillary Clinton on Miller’s official Twitter account.READ MORE: High Transmission Risk Leads Dallas County To Raise COVID Threat Level To Red
The Austin American-Statesman reportedly obtained a letter Miller sent to Department of Agriculture employees apologizing for the furor the tweet caused.
Miller campaign spokesman Todd Smith says the fired employee worked for a “third-party vendor” hired to do social media.READ MORE: New Push In North Texas For Pregnant Women To Get The COVID-19 Vaccine
Rather than use Clinton’s name, the tweet used a sexually explicit, derogatory term for women. Posted a week before Election Day, it was quickly deleted.
Miller’s campaign initially said his account was hacked, but later said it mistakenly retweeted a tweet that “contained a derogatory term.”
Miller has caused social media stirs before. Last year, he appeared to endorse a nuclear bombing of “the Muslim world.”MORE NEWS: Frisco ISD First In North Texas To Offer Online Learning In Wake Of Rise In COVID-19 Cases
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