Republican Ag Commissioner Sid Miller: Say “Merry Christmas” Or I’ll Slap You

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For someone whose job is to supervise the state’s agriculture, Texas Agriculture Commissioner has a surprisingly lengthy record of offensive commentary toward people who aren’t like him. From calling for all Muslims to be bombed (long before Donald Trump ever proposed such a thing), to making ignorant transphobic “jokes”, Sid Miller is an active opponent of all things diverse.

Sid Miller’s Facebook page is an embodiment of the phrase my colleague Joe Deshotel coined yesterday — that no opportunity is too small to pander! That’s why Miller decided to fight the an important battle in the War on Christmas via Facebook yesterday, posting,

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Yes, Sid Miller wants to be violent toward people who wish him “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” As his photo so eloquently points out, it’s because he wants to keep the “Christ” in Christmas. Because if there’s anything Jesus taught us, it’s to hurt well-wishers if they use the wrong words to express kindness.

Miller’s comments are ignorant and disrespectful. But don’t just take my word for it. Take a look at some of the 1500+ comments that overwhelmingly and hilariously condemned Miller for his ignorance.

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It’s always nice when a Texas Republican’s attempt to pander backfires on social media.

Getting angry at people for saying “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas” is ridiculous. But being disrespectful toward minorities matters. Sid Miller has proven time and time again that if you’re different, he doesn’t particularly care about your dignity. Sure, his job (fortunately) doesn’t directly involve laws that directly affect minorities’ rights, but it is still a dangerous attitude for an elected official to have. 2018 is still a couple years away, so for now, there’s only one thing left to say: Happy Holidays, Sid Miller!

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Katie Singh

Katie grew up in Austin and has been involved in Texas politics since 2004. She has been a part of several campaigns, from state house races to working at President Obama's campaign headquarters in 2012. She loves public policy, public health, and tacos. Katie tweets from @kasingh19.

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  1. Cheers Sid for reinforcing merry christmas. I will kick and slap “over smart” people who intentionally says happy holidays instead of merry christmas. Thank you sid muller and HAPPY CHRISTMAS(There is no other God than Jesus Christ, remember this everybody)

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