It was just before 3:30 on Tuesday afternoon when Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's Twitter account sent out the vulgar tweet.
Miller had been making a series of tweets on election poll numbers and a tweet was posted stating numbers from the New Auto Alliance Poll in Pennsylvania. The tweet showed Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump had 44 and C-word had 43. An apparent reference to Clinton followed by "Go Trump Go."
“It was a mistake,” said Miller.
Miller says it was one of the people on his staff. They initially said they'd been hacked but later denied that.
“They retweeted, one that had a derogatory term. They didn't screen it closely,” said Miller.
The tweet did not have the word retweeted on it, leaving many to believe it was copied and pasted.
“You can tell by the context its polling numbers that came out and it's definitely a retweet. It may have been a screenshot I don't know what it was. I don't know why it didn't say that, it's definitely a retweet,” said Miller.
When asked was it copied and pasted Miller's response was “It may have been but I don't know.”
The office says they don't know what the source was but we were able to find a tweet with the same information from an account, @therickyvaughn, that Miller followed and often interacted with. It's not exactly clear if this is directly where it came from.
Miller has always been an avid Trump supporter and often tweets about Trump from his account.
“I predicted that he'd win by double digits and I stick with that,” said Miller.
But Miller believes this crossed the line and says putting down another candidate in such a way is uncalled for.
“It's a word that I would never use or condone and immediately took it down,” said Miller.
The office said they are dealing with the staffer. It did not say if the person was or will be fired or if what kind of repercussions the staffer may face.
Miller says he apologizes to anyone who may have seen that tweet and he understands it may have offended many.