Sid Miller, the Texas agriculture commissioner, factually erred recently in saluting what he described as President Donald Trump’s removal of a Muslim federal judge who had practiced Sharia law.
The inaccurate post on Miller’s Facebook page remained in place when the fact-checking PolitiFact Texas effort peeked Tuesday though Miller’s introduction of the false account had evidently been amended to say: “Well it looks like I may have been duped. This may be fake news, but I still think Sharia law has no place in the United States of America.”
By phone, Todd Smith, Miller’s campaign consultant, said he personally put up the original Miller post touting Trump’s action after a supporter sent the tale his way.
“It looked interesting,” Smith said, going on to suggest that among some 55,000 Miller posts on the Facebook page over four years, perhaps five turned out to lack a factual basis.
“That’s a pretty good track record,” Smith said. “It’s not our intent to put out misinformation.”
Correction : This story has been updated to quote Smith saying that Miller has accumulated his Facebook posts over four years. Smith originally said the posts had appeared over two years.