Texas Democratic women are calling Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's tweet referring to Hillary Clinton as the c-word "vile" and "violent." Wednesday, they came together to denounce his remarks.
"It seems like the republican leadership in this country and this state cannot act right for five minutes,” said Democratic Nominee for State House District 49 Gina Hinojosa.
Texas female democratic leaders lined a meeting room in Downtown Austin Wednesday morning. Each expressing raw emotion best defined as fed up with disparaging remarks against women that have come out this presidential campaign.
"Can you please be decent? Can you please behave and act right for five minutes, but republican elected leaders in this state can't and they won't. They won't because they believe they can get away with disparaging almost half the population of this state,” said Hinojosa.
Tuesday afternoon a tweet was published on Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller's account showing poll results with a foul c-word in place of Clinton.
Miller told FOX 7 a staffer re-tweeted it without screening it closely.
"It's a word that I would never use or condone and immediately took it down. So, we had a staffer that messed up. One of the staffers we first contacted thought we'd been hacked, but we hadn't been hacked. We just, we made a mistake and it's been corrected,” said Miller.
The tweet appears to have originated from the account of a self-proclaimed white supremacist followed by Miller.
"It is not simply locker room talk. It is an indication about what a group of people in this state and community think about women. It is not okay and we cannot accept it,” said Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen.
Governor Greg Abbott voiced his distaste with the tweet:
"The language is reprehensible and is an embarrassment. No true Texas gentleman would ever talk this way."
Travis County Republican Party Spokesperson Andy Hogue says what happened was sensationalized and shouldn't have been.
"Elected officials make mistakes. People who work for them are human. It's best to give them the benefit of the doubt and vote on principle not on sensational headlines and God forbid not on tweets,” said Hogue.
Heading to the polls is just what the women hope those offended will do.
"We cannot let our country and state be run by men who think it's okay to be violent against women,” said Kitchen.