A meme suggesting the United States should deploy nuclear weapons against “the Muslim world” was deleted Monday from a Texas official’s Facebook page.
Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller on Sunday shared a photo of what appeared to be a 1957 nuclear bomb test in Nevada, according to The Houston Chronicle. The photo, which stated “Japan has been at peace with the U.S. since August 9, 1945. It’s time we made peace with the Muslim world,” was originally posted to a Facebook page called “The Patriots IV Drip 2”:
— Lauren McGaughy (@lmcgaughy) August 17, 2015
Miller’s special assistant, Luke Bullock, told the newspaper that the post was taken down Monday morning because it was shared by a staffer who doesn’t work for the state’s Department of Agriculture.
“The posting did not reflect the views of Commissioner Miller and as a result it’s been removed,” Bullock told the Chronicle, adding that the post was “inappropriate.”
But a campaign spokesman for Miller suggested that the meme didn’t stray too far from the commissioner’s thinking on Islamic extremism.
“[Miller] has not made any bones about where he stands on the issue of radical Islamic terrorism and we’re not going to be creating a witch-hunt or doing anything to find out who posted it,” spokesman Todd Smith told the newspaper. “And I think it was a powerful post that caused people to stop and think about the current state of the world.”
The Chronicle reported that Miller himself is on a trade mission to China until Aug. 23.
A Republican lawmaker in Arkansas, Jason Rapert, similarly sparked backlash when he called for the U.S. to use a “strategically placed nuclear weapon” on the Islamic State terror group earlier this year. The state senator responded directly to critics of his comment on Facebook, calling them “leftist liberals.”