Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo. Cruz's Twitter account briefly liked a hardcore pornography video on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. His spokeswoman, Catherine Black, later said the offensive tweet was removed by Cruz's staff. Manuel Balce Ceneta AP
Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this file photo. Cruz's Twitter account briefly liked a hardcore pornography video on Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. His spokeswoman, Catherine Black, later said the offensive tweet was removed by Cruz's staff. Manuel Balce Ceneta AP

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Ted Cruz lights up Twittersphere with “like” of porn video

September 12, 2017 11:18 AM

UPDATED September 13, 2017 06:40 AM

In what appears to be a screwup, as it were, Ted Cruz’s Twitter account “liked” a 2-minute porn video from the account @SexuallPosts late Monday — to the chagrin of the Cruz camp and the amusement of the Twittersphere.

The porn video purportedly shows a woman walking in on a man and woman having sex on a couch and sticking around to watch.

Tuesday morning, Cruz joked about the incident to NBC News’ Frank Thorp and blamed a staffer for “inadvertently hitting the like button”:

Ted Cruz just now jokes about liked porn tweet: "Perhaps we should have done something like this during the Indiana primary."

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 12, 2017

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Cruz: "There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account & it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button"

— Frank Thorp V (@frankthorp) September 12, 2017

Asked directly, “It wasn’t you?” Cruz responded, “It was a staffing issue, and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action."

Asked by Thorp if the offender would be terminated or disciplined, Cruz told him, “We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct.”

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier quickly went into damage control mode shortly after the tweet surfaced late Monday.

The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter

— Catherine Frazier (@catblackfrazier) September 12, 2017

But of course there was nothing for Twitter to do and the offending tweet had already been preserved for posterity:

Alright, I'm in. Ted Cruz 2020. pic.twitter.com/0H5VeWieyB

— Brad DePrima (@brdeprima) September 12, 2017

The Texas senator and former presidential candidate has more than 3 million followers on Twitter. His profile describes him as a “father of two, @heidicruz’s husband, fighter for liberty.”

Twitter lit up after the snafu. The website he “liked” posted a tweet saying “Thanks for watching ted!” and changed its profile description to say “Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches.”

For the first time in history, people eagerly awaiting what Ted Cruz has to say. pic.twitter.com/Pu9uGL5sHU

— Mandrew (@mrandrewworrell) September 12, 2017

I saw what you did, @tedcruz.

— God (@TheTweetOfGod) September 12, 2017

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— Leah Kessel (@leahflame) September 12, 2017

What Ted Cruz did was not just embarrassing but also unconstitutional, according to Ted Cruz.

— Rahul Agarwal (@raagrwll) September 12, 2017

HOW ARE WE SUPPOSED TO EXPLAIN TED CRUZ TO OUR CHILDREN?!

— m@®|{ µø₽₽û§️‍ (@markhoppus) September 12, 2017

This is all a big mixup. Ted Cruz was searching the Twitterverse for a MILF:



Morally

Inspiring

Lady of

Faith

— The Incredible Sulk (@TurnUp_TheTweet) September 12, 2017

*Checks reason why Ted Cruz is trending

*Logs out of Twitter pic.twitter.com/o5AklnoCak

— Ray ⚾️ (@hylton_ray) September 12, 2017

Loving Ted Cruz’s new campaign posters pic.twitter.com/2jBoVt3c0w

— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) September 12, 2017

*Wake up, check Twitter*

"Why is Ted Cruz tren-" pic.twitter.com/6U3WuZwxrv

— Bille Lehmann (@bille_IV) September 12, 2017

No matter what happened to you this morning, you're having a better day than Ted Cruz

— Chris Cillizza (@CillizzaCNN) September 12, 2017

This isn’t the first time Cruz has been associated with erotic films. His presidential campaign featured erotic film actress Amy Lindsay in an ad in February which it later pulled.

Tom Uhler: 817-390-7832, @tomuh