UPDATE — 9/14, 9:09 a.m. EDT: In a Wednesday interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Ted Cruz explained how his Twitter account “liked” a hardcore pornography video on the social media platform.
“Look, we had a staffer who accidentally hit the wrong button, and it was a screw-up,” he said. “I will say Twitter went crazy with it. It became trending. Soon as we found about it, we pulled it down.”
Watch the full interview below.
A pornographic Twitter page seems to be getting some free publicity due to an accidental slip of the mouse by someone with access to Sen. Ted Cruz’s official account.
The Republican Texas senator was seen “liking” a pornographic video a little over two minutes, featuring a step mother, her step daughter, and an overzealous young man. The “like” is in question since the account @tedcruz, is said to have a number of people on the senator’s staff allegedly have access.
“There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account. It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button,” Cruz explained to the AP. “We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct.”
@SexuallPosts, the account which linked the video, currently has a witty banner atop its page that reads, “Follow for the Same Porn @tedcruz Watches.” It also has a pinned tweet tagging Cruz, and thanking him for watching.
Thanks for watching ted!
— Sexuall Posts 😈 (@SexuallPosts) September 12, 2017
The little red heart indicating a like from the conservative firebrand’s official Twitter account, appeared late Monday night and is being described as a “staffing issue”. On Tuesday, Cruz let reporters know that it will be decided later whether or not the staff member in question will continue to have access to the account.
“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” tweeted Cruz’s senior communications adviser, Catherine Frazier.
The sexually explicit tweet has since been reported to Twitter, and the “like” was retracted, according to Cruz’s Senate office.; but both acts were not enough to avoid screenshots and the incident trending rapidly on the social media platform.
Although there is no way to tell if the video was seen by Cruz during this particular time, it has been stated by the senator in his book, “A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America”, that he has watched similar content before. Cruz writes about being a 26 year-old law clerk in the U.S. Supreme Court and working on a case which was to decide whether or not internet porn should be regulated; a decision some felt could not be made without first watching sex videos themselves.
Cruz seems to be handling the situation with a straightforward yet humorous approach, making sure to let reporters know this was indeed a mistake, but not without cracking a lighthearted joke or two.
“If I had known that this would trend so quickly, then perhaps we should have posted something like this during the Indiana primary,” he quipped.
Former Democratic Florida Congressman Alan Grayson took the opportunity to get in a dig his political opponent, tweeting: “Wow, and here I thought the only thing @tedcruz could get off to was stealing healthcare from poor people. Color me shocked.”
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