Sid Miller, current agriculture commissioner for Texas, has allegedly stated that he received an endorsement from none other than erstwhile president Mr.Trump himself.
“Yesterday, I received a phone call from my good friend, President Donald J. Trump, from his Florida home at Mar-a-Lago. President Trump thanked me for standing with him in 2016 and 2020, and he told me I had his ‘full, unwavering support and endorsement in my reelection campaign for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture,’” Miller wrote in a Facebook post.
“As I campaign across Texas, my vision will reflect President Trump’s vision of a nation where we always put the American people first and with a top priority of defending our precious freedoms,” he added.
There was a lot of speculation regarding the authenticity of the endorsement as Trump’s office did not immediately confirm Miller’s statement. Speculation was also rife as Miller was known to post incorrect statements on his Facebook page.
Miller’s Facebook page considered a black sheep.
Miller’s Facebook page has drawn scrutiny as he has at times used it to spread false information or promote right-wing political conspiracy theories that have not been proven.
Miller once led his 839,000 Facebook followers to believe that an apartment complex forced a Texan to take down his American flag for fear of offending Muslims.
He also allegedly posted on Facebook that a smiling President Obama held a t-shirt displaying Che Guevara, the late Marxist revolutionary, during a recent trip to Cuba.
“I think probably a few times, you might be right — we got duped,” Miller said in an interview, adding that he does not personally post everything to his social media accounts. “Put something up that might not be true. Didn’t do it maliciously.”
Miller, who said he gets his news “from all over,” said his team tries to respond when it discovers it has shared a fake story.
“We take it down, most of the time,” he said.
Trump confirms Miller’s endorsement a day later.
While speculation remained rife for almost a day after Miller’s statement on Facebook, Trump’s office finally confirmed the comments two days ago. Whether Trump’s delay in confirming the endorsement has well and indeed damaged Miller’s goodwill remains to be seen by how he fares in the 2022 primary.
Miller to run for the third term in office
Miller, an initial and vocal supporter of Trump since the early days of his 2016 campaign, is running for his third term as the state’s agriculture commissioner.
In the March primary, Miller faces two Republican challengers, Texas House Rep. James White of East Texas and Carey Council, a rancher and economics professor at Blinn College.
The Democrats who filed to run for the seat are Brazos County businessman Ed Ireson and Susan Hays, an attorney who was a passionate supporter of the passing of the 2019 Hemp Law.