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Texas Official 'Just Might Slap' Next Person Who Says 'Happy Holidays'

"Either tell me Merry Christmas or just don't say anything."

An elected official in Texas is threatening to slap anyone who wishes him "happy holidays" this year. 

Republican Sid Miller, the state's agriculture commissioner, said on Facebook that people must say "Merry Christmas" to him or nothing at all.

"If one more person says Happy Holidays to me I just might slap them," Miller wrote. "Either tell me Merry Christmas or just don't say anything."

He included a picture of a cowboy and a pharmacy with a religious sign:

This being the Internet, many immediately replied to Miller by wishing him "happy holidays," both in response to that post as well as others on his page.

Even the state's Democratic Party got in on the act, replying with a GIF that it says was deleted from Miller's Facebook page. The organization posted it again, this time on Twitter: 

Miller replied to several commenters, in some cases wishing people a Merry Christmas.

When someone asked if he had ever heard of First Amendment rights, Miller replied: "I am quite fond of it. I also like the 2nd. How about you?"

Miller has a history of making controversial comments, with the Houston Chronicle pointing out that he has compared Syrians to rattlesnakes and suggested dropping an atomic bomb on "the Muslim world," although a spokesperson later said the A-bomb post was made by a staffer and without Miller's knowledge. 

Despite these controversial views, Miller handily won election in 2014 with 58 percent of the vote, according to Ballotpedia.  

 

(h/t Raw Story)

 

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