The Trump-backing Texas official who called Hillary Clinton the c-word on social media ripped his tweet straight from an alt-right account popular among Trumpians.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, who refers to himself as a “deplorable” in his Twitter bio, deleted the tweet about 15 minutes after it was posted. Miller then cried that he was hacked, before deleting that tweet as well and then throwing his staff under the bus:
“I said, ‘Why don’t y’all just do some retweets?'” Miller told The Texas Tribune. “They didn’t notice it had a derogatory term in it and they tweeted it out.”
Except Miller’s tweet wasn’t retweeted, it was a copy-and-paste job. And, it was originally tweeted just minutes before by @TheRickyVaughn, a pro-Trump alt-right account.
According to the Texas Star Telegram, Miller follows Vaughn — along with several other alt-right and white nationalist accounts — and had been exchanging tweets with him during recent days.
This isn’t Deplorable Sid’s first offensive incident, either. More from the Star Telegram:
In 2012, when Miller was considering a race for Congress, he called an African-American candidate, Michael Williams of Arlington, a “carpetbagger.”
Fox News identified Miller this week as a Trump advisor on “border security and guns.”
Did I mention that his campaign treasurer is Ted Nugent?