Sid Miller is the Agriculture Commissioner of Texas, an elected position which seeks “to promote production agriculture, consumer protection, economic development and healthy living.” Commissioner Miller has made national news for this Facebook post:
Can someone explain the logistics behind nuking an entire religion?
Sigh. Just…damnit. Anyway, the “standard” response is an apology. That, apparently, will not be coming from Commissioner Miller:
Miller spokesman Todd Smith said Monday the commissioner didn’t personally share the post but won’t begin a “witch hunt” to find who on his staff did. Smith said he doesn’t personally condone the message but noted the positive comments it generated.
By the way, Commissioner Miller has previously said that his fears of America becoming a Muslim country kept him up at night. So, there’s that.
Interestingly, this is a case of Miller’s right hand and left hand not communicating well. While his campaign staff didn’t condemn the post, his official office did, with Miller’s special assistant saying that the post didn’t actually come from Miller. She also added that the posting, “did not reflect the views of Commissioner Miller and as a result it’s been removed” while calling it “inappropriate.”
Naturally, the Texas Democratic Party attacked Miller, a Republican, for the post:
“It is unacceptable for Republican Sid Miller to be promoting such disgusting rhetoric. Sadly, this kind of racist, xenophobic hate speech qualifies you for higher office with Republicans’ Tea Party fringe base.”
I literally cannot even fathom what would posses a statewide elected official to imply that nuking an entire country is okay. It is a deplorable statement about the state of public affairs in this country that such rhetoric is even remotely acceptable. Can we all agree that implying the nuclear destruction of an entire religion is not okay? Please???