Sid Miller and Hillary Clinton C-word tweet: What people are saying

On Tuesday afternoon at 3:26 p.m., Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s Twitter account posted a tweet that appeared to refer to Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton using a crude four-letter word. The tweet, which touted “New Auto Alliance Poll” results for Pennsylvania, had Donald Trump one point ahead of Clinton. Except instead of the former secretary of state’s name, the tweet used a derogatory slur for women.

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Shortly after, the tweet was deleted. Miller’s camp offered two different responses as to how the tweet even got posted in the first place. First, Miller spokesman Todd Smith said hackers were behind the crude tweet. By 4:30 p.m., Smith said the tweet was not sent by hackers but instead by a staffer who retweeted the original tweet. However, the tweet is not a retweet and appears to be copied and pasted from a tweet posted by Twitter user @TheRickyVaughn, with only the hashtag at the end of the tweet changed. Miller’s said #GoTrumpGo, while the original tweet’s said #UpLikeTrump.

Miller’s office later issued an apology, saying “Commissioner Miller finds the term vulgar and offensive and apologizes to anyone who may have seen it.”

By 5:15 p.m., Gov. Greg Abbott condemned the language used in the tweet: ““The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way,” Abbott said in a statement.

Many Twitter and Facebook users weren’t buying the hacker explanation or the retweet excuse and promptly expressed their opinions on all things Miller.

Wells Dunbar of the Texas Standard poked fun at using a “manual retweet,” which involves more work and copying/pasting than even a simple quote tweet, regardless of who posted it.

The Daily Caller’s Jamie Weinstein compared Miller to the father figure in Chris Farley’s 1995 cult classic “Tommy Boy.”

One Twitter user jumped on the Samantha Bee “Trump can’t read” conspiracy theory bandwagon and implied Miller’s interns couldn’t read, either.

Other Twitter users attacked Miller for everything from his “Jesus shot” trial to his connection to Donald Trump, who recently celebrated Miller during a campaign stop, to the tweet’s apparent misogyny.

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Facebook users sounded off, as well.

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The phrase “Sid Miller” perched atop Austin’s trending topics on Twitter for most of the afternoon. As of 6 p.m., tweets in support or defense of Miller were not immediately visible when scrolling through the trending topic’s collected tweets.

What do you think? What do you make of the changing stories: a hack or a manual RT gone awry? Let us know in the comments.

Unsecured ‘Clinton Email Server’ Wi-Fi network appeared at Austin Trump rally

Someone at Donald Trump’s rally in Austin on Tuesday decided to have a little fun with the Wi-Fi networks.

Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Travis County Exposition Center Tuesday August 23, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Donald Trump speaks at a rally at the Travis County Exposition Center Tuesday August 23, 2016. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Among the many Wi-Fi signals that popped as available for connection during the Republican presidential candidate’s rally at the Travis County Exposition Center, one stood out: an unsecured network titled “Clinton Email Server.”

The joke is a stab at the ongoing email controversy surrounding Hillary Clinton. Rally attendees quickly took notice and began sharing the posts around social media — even Donald Trump Jr. tweeted about it.

It’s unknown who created the Wi-Fi network and Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino Jr. said he did not recommend attendees use it.

A few American-Statesman staff members who attended the rally tried their hand at connecting to the unsecured server but either couldn’t or said it was too weak.

The mystery lives on, for now.

 

WikiLeaks publishes more than 1,200 of Hillary Clinton’s Iraq emails

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Galvanize, a work space for technology companies, in Denver, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. While there Clinton said the House Benghazi committee found nothing different than previous investigations into Benghazi. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visits Galvanize, a work space for technology companies, in Denver, Tuesday, June 28, 2016. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

 

On Tuesday, FBI director James Comey recommended that no charges be filed against presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for her handling of classified information while she was secretary of state.

Just the day before, WikiLeaks published 1,258 emails that it said were sent and received by Clinton and posted the link on Twitter.

The emails come from Wikileaks’ archive of 30,322 Clinton emails, which the website said were taken from the presidential candidate’s private email server while she was in charge of the State Department. The documents span from June 30, 2010, to Aug. 12, 2014. WikiLeaks said the emails were made available in the form of thousands of PDFs by the U.S. State Department as a result of a Freedom of Information Act request.

It is still up to Justice Department officials as to whether criminal charges will be brought against Clinton, but it is not seen as likely following Comey’s comments. Read nine takeaways from the FBI news conference here. 

Bill Clinton was in Austin this week and he ate some local vegan tacos

In this Jan. 20, 2016, photo, former President Bill Clinton smiles as he speaks at a campaign stop for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Green Street Community Center in Concord, N.H. In the 2016 presidential campaign, a modern take on gender roles is increasingly on display in both parties. Hillary Clinton is looking to get back into the White House, but this time as president. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
In this Jan. 20, 2016, photo, former President Bill Clinton smiles as he speaks at a campaign stop for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton at the Green Street Community Center in Concord, N.H. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Remember when President Barack Obama came to Austin during South By Southwest and made his first stop at Torchy’s Tacos?

Fresa's is located in the former Back-In-A-Flash photo store, which also housed Emerald City Press coffee shop, at 915 North Lamar Boulevard. Photos by Addie Broyles
Fresa’s is located in the former Back-In-A-Flash photo store, which also housed Emerald City Press coffee shop, at 915 North Lamar Boulevard. Photos by Addie Broyles

Well apparently it’s a thing for U.S. presidents to grab some tacos when they come to Austin. According to Eater Austin, former president Bill Clinton ate some of Fresa’s Chicken al Carbon this week at a private fundraiser for presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

While everyone else at brisket-filled El Rey tacos, Chef Rene Ortiz whipped up some vegan tacos just for Clinton. Ortiz called it “an amazing experience.”

You can read Eater Austin’s full story here.