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Sid Miller’s Twitter Implosion

The ag commissioner’s recent tweetstorm ended in scandal.

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Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller has never been one to mince words, particularly on social media. Who can forget Miller’s reposting of a Facebook meme last year suggesting “the Muslim world” should be nuked? Or that time he said on Facebook that he wanted to “slap” the next person who wished him happy holidays? He’s had a rough ride lately in the non-digital world too, what with the reports from the Houston Chronicle back in March that Miller used taxpayer money to fund a trip to get a pseudoscientific “Jesus shot” and participate in a rodeo in Mississippi (he later paid the state back).

But recently, Miller’s Twitter fingers were too fast and loose. Let’s begin on October 28, when Miller tweeted this reassuring message:

There we have it. Miller is in complete control of his Twitter account, a totally solid, reliable tweeter. No one needs to check his tweets! They are his tweets, his ideas, straight from the brain inside his head, which, now that we think of it, has never actually been seen without the protective coverage of a ten-gallon hat.

Anyway, here he is again at 11:52 the night before Halloween, during the treacherous “night Twitter” time frame, when all computerized hell breaks loose and the ghosts of egg-avatars are unleashed to wreak havoc in the digital world. It is no place for the meek. In this late-night tweet, Miller offered a mild criticism of the Clinton campaign, mocking her social media team for its perceived lack of talent. There are no words to describe a tweet so ironic and prophetic as this one, so we’ll just say this, which is fitting enough considering the platform: hahahaha lololololol

The tweetstorm continued well into the wee hours. Perhaps the timestamp for this tweet can serve as some defense for why Miller was bewildered by what was so clearly a fake account for FBI Director James Comey.

What’s going on here, indeed. His next two tweets both arrived at 12:30 a.m., but then Miller went quiet until noon. Most of his tweets on Halloween afternoon were about poll numbers showing the rise of Republican candidate Donald Trump, but in the evening, Miller began posting again.

 

It got worse as the night wore on, when “night Twitter” struck again. Shortly after midnight, Miller tweeted praise for Vladimir Putin and then called for the return of Milo Yiannopoulos, whose messages were found so offensive that he managed to get himself banned from Twitter:

One Twitter user, apparently unaware of the ag commissioner’s social media reputation, noticed the tweets and called him out. Miller proudly called himself “deplorable” and proceeded to compliment the man’s sunglasses.

At around two in the morning, Miller began hearing things—a lot of things—a pattern that continued into Tuesday. These “sources” had some interesting things to tell him, mostly about the conspiracy theories du jour:

The coup de grace to this wild Twitter ride came later on Tuesday afternoon though, when Miller tweeted the following post (warning: disturbing language):

The tweet was soon deleted, but not before Patrick Svitek of the Texas Tribune and other screenshot-savvy media folk were able to save the tweet for all eternity. Miller’s account quickly tweeted out another post, which read that Miller’s account “HAS BEEN HACKED. The disgusting re-tweet has been removed and we have changed all account passwords. Be advised.” Of course, it wasn’t exactly a retweet—some are saying that Miller manually lifted the tweet from another user without giving credit—and soon the tweet informing that us Miller was hacked was deleted too. That’s because there was no hack. According to the Tribune, Miller said the c-word tweet came from an unidentified staffer. “I said, ‘Why don’t y’all just do some retweets?'” Miller told the Tribune. “They didn’t notice it had a derogatory term in it and they tweeted it out.”

What a wild and whacky run on social media for the ag commissioner. Perhaps the most disturbing part of the spree? He’d been liking his own tweets all along.

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  • anonyfool

    this only counts as an implosion it the imploder loses office ala Weiner.

    • Jed

      right. this looks more like strong campaigning. remember the audience.

  • peteywheats

    I hope he O.D.s on his next taxpayer-funded junket for Jesus Shots.

  • Sky Mirror

    If he had any sense, he would blame auto correct. If he had any sense.

  • eric

    Texas loves their smart, conservative politicians. Mr Sid isn’t doing anything wrong, just doing him.

  • Tejasguitarman

    So the big brave guy says this language didn’t come from him & blames a staffer instead.
    He figures that will take the teeth out of that post of his own doing but a wise proverb states the wolf may lose it’s teeth but not it’s inclination. He’s big pile of Texass crap & his mother has gotta be a c”’nt too for bringing this POS into the world & not raising him right. I would love to be face to face & to say it straight to him. Yeah,nobody respects women more than Republicans. I call BS on them.

  • Doodlebug

    Reprehensible behavior from public figures is wrong no matter which party they represent. It is shameful that far too many people use social media to be unscociable.

  • dormand

    As the world’s most effective companies are seeking headquarters relocation sites, they strongly weight the governance of the states that they are considering.

    No doubt Sid Miller has knocked Texas off of the short lists of several companies who might otherwise had considered Texas as a consideration for relocation.

    In Sid Miller’s adoration of Donald J. Trump as the next POTUS, his choice is shared by Vladimir Putin and David Duke.

    • All Patriot

      And Putin isn’t happy that Clinton brokered the uranium deal with him? Right.
      Also, take note that Duke/Klan picked Obama over Clinton because sexist visions supersedes racist vision.

  • tx

    How is he still in office ?
    Only in Texas !!!

  • Rick Allen

    Sounds like a man with some substance abuse issues.

  • Who’s the Cheekybutt

    I am oh so tired of defending a state that I love from a bigoted crime syndicate.