SHAFAQNA -Â Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller wonâ€™t be apologizing for a controversial Facebook post that called on the U.S. to drop an atomic bomb on Muslim countries, at least according to his political consultant and spokesman.
â€œWe thought the post was very thought-provoking and weâ€™re not going to apologize for it,â€ Todd M. Smith told POLITICO. â€œThere are comments that appear on that page every day that people would find offensive.â€
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The Facebook post â€” which appeared over the weekend but has since been removed â€” showed a mushroom cloud and said, â€œJapan has been at peace with the U.S. since August 9, 1945 Itâ€™s time we made peace with the Muslim world.â€
It was shared from the page â€œThe Patriots IV Drip 2â€ with the hashtags #noislamknowpeace and #COMETAKE.
Smith said that Miller did not share the post himself â€” the commissioner is in China for a trade trip, and approximately 18 people have access to the Facebook account.
Texas Democrats called on the Republican lawmaker to apologize Monday.
â€œIt 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 Republicansâ€™ Tea Party fringe base,â€ Democratic Party official Manny Garcia said in a statement. â€œIt is the same reason Donald Trumpâ€™s poll numbers skyrocket with Republicans every time he attacks Latinos and immigrants.â€
Garcia also called on Texas Republican Chairman Tom Mechler to â€œdenounce Millerâ€™s hate speech and join us in demanding an apology.â€
â€œIt would be laughable if it wasnâ€™t so frightening that these guys are in charge of state government. Texas families deserve far more than living in fear of a state embarrassment every time a Republican official opens their mouth or gets indicted,â€ he said.
â€œI think there are a lot of other things they should be demanding apologies for and getting upset about,â€ Smith responded, citing President Obamaâ€™s Iran deal and the rise of the Islamic State as examples.
The Texas Republican Party said it does not usually comment on individual memberâ€™s posts.