Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller, whose Facebook page is usually filled with farm jokes and extremely patriotic quotes, has recently come under fire for a social media post that proposes bombing the “Muslim world” in the name of peace.
The photo, which Miller reposted from another Facebook page Patriots IV Drip 2 – an anti-Obama group known for their Islamophobic rhetoric – looked like it was taken from Nevada nuclear tests in 1957. Accompanied with some hateful hashtags, the photo read: “Japan has been at peace with the U.S. since August 9, 1945. It's time we made peace with the Muslim world.”
Although the Republican’s campaign Facebook page soon removed the photo, the damage had already been done.
The hateful meme, suggesting the deadly weapon that killed tens of thousands of innocent people in Hiroshima and Nagasaki be used in middle-eastern countries, sparked an outrage among Texas Democrats.
“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,” stated Manny Garcia, Texas Democratic party deputy executive director. “We hope Sid Miller shows some respect for Texans and the responsibility of holding state office and issues an apology.”
However, Miller’s campaign spokesperson alleges that the commissioner did not share the photo himself as he is currently in China. To make the matters worse, he also made it perfectly clear that Miller will not apologize.
“We’re not going to apologize for the posts that show up on our Facebook page,” said Todd Smith, the Republican's campaign spokesman. “I don’t know who did it, but I’m not going to start a witch hunt to find out who did.”
He estimated that about 18 people have access to the campaign account.
“I read the post this morning, and we’re at the 60th (sic) anniversary of dropping the atom bomb in order to destroy an insidious enemy that was intent on destroying American lives, and we face a similar enemy who has vowed to destroy American lives, and I think that’s the topic that the American people are focused on,” Smith added.
Whether Miller himself posted the image or someone else did, one thing is for certain. While posting such an outrageous thing on social media is a questionable sentiment for anyone, it’s a particularly bad idea for an elected government official.
Sid Miller served in the Texas House of Representatives for 12 years prior to his election as the state's agriculture commissioner, and this is not the first time he has made headlines for his anti-Muslim remarks.
Earlier this year, the commissioner told a crowd in Austin that he worries his grandchildren would one day live in an America that was a “Muslim country.”