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Ted Cruz blamed a 'staffing issue' after his official Twitter account 'liked' a porn video

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Updated September 12, 2017 11:18 AM EDT

Sen. Ted Cruz said Tuesday that a "staffing issue" was to blame after his official Twitter account "liked" a pornography video late Monday night.

"There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account," Cruz told reporters, according to Politico. "It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button. When we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down."

"It was a staffing issue. And it was inadvertent, it was a mistake. It was not a deliberate act. We're dealing with internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious."

Cruz said it was "still being discussed" whether the staff member would maintain access to the Twitter account.

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) Twitter account “liked” a pornography video late Monday night, according to multiple media reports.

The clip originated from a Twitter account named “Sexuall Posts.”

“Sexuall Posts” is an account pledging “Full-Length HD Porn Posted Every Day,” and the like from Cruz’s account has since vanished.

The post Cruz’s account liked featured a 2:20 segment of a segment from the adult video website Reality Kings.

Catherine Frazier, who is Cruz’s senior communications adviser, on Tuesday tweeted that the clip is “offensive” and has since been retracted.


“Sexuall Posts” has since updated its Twitter account to read “@TedCruz’s Favorite Porn Account” in its biography.

The account also began urging other Twitter users to “Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches.”

Cruz’s name also began trending on Twitter, with multiple users on the social media platform mocking the incident.

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Twitter forbids the promotion of adult or sexual products, and it also prohibits live videos, profile images and headers from sporting graphic content.

The company does not dictate what users can or cannot like, however, meaning Cruz’s account did not violate its standards.

Cruz’s Twitter account boasts over three million followers, and it has issued more than 19,400 tweets since joining the platform in March 2009.

Cruz also sought the GOP presidential nomination last year, falling short to and eventually endorsing President Trump.

The Texas senator is also known for his conservative views, and he tried barring Texans from purchasing sex toys in 2007 while serving as his state’s solicitor general.

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