A tweet that came from Republican Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's Twitter account on Nov. 1 called Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton the c-word, a derogatory term for a female sex organ.
The now-deleted tweet said: "PENNSYLVANIA AUTO ALLIANCE POLL, TRUMP 44, C*** 43, Go Trump Go!"
Miller, who is a supporter of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump, said the tweet was made by a staffer.
"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."
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The offensive tweet was taken down about 15 minutes after going up, and this new tweet went up: "[Sid Miller] HAS BEEN HACKED. The disgusting re-tweet has been removed and we have changed all account passwords. Be advised."
That tweet was also taken down, and Miller's staff said in a statement it had "inadvertently retweeted a tweet that they were not aware contained a derogatory term."
Miller's staff added: "The tweet was taken down as soon as possible. Commissioner Miller finds the term vulgar and offensive and apologizes to anyone who may have seen it."
But the obscene tweet was not a retweet. The text within the tweet appeared to be copied and pasted from another Twitter user.
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Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said in a statement: "The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way."
"I would never talk that way," Miller told MySanAntonio.com. "By the way, those weren't my words. It was a retweet."
The Texas Tribune notes that Miller often tweets polls and conspiracy theories about Clinton.
"You can tell by reading it it's not something I sent out," Miller said. "I hadn't read it."
"I've been in meetings all day, I didn't have time to post anything," Miller told The Dallas Morning News. "The problem with Hillary Clinton is her policies, not her gender."
The newspaper notes that Miller shared a posting on social media in 2015 that called for the U.S. to bomb "the Muslim world," which was also blamed on a staffer.
Miller bragged in a tweet on Oct. 28: "#CrookedHillary needs a dozen people to check her tweets. My thoughts are my own. Healthy as a bull here."