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Ted Cruz Blames Staffer For ‘Liking’ Porn Tweet With His Account, Can’t Name Staffer

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After being dragged all over social media for “liking” a pornographic Twitter post with his official Twitter account, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said on Tuesday that a staff member of his was responsible for the “mistake.”

“There are a number of people on the team who have access to the account. 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,” Cruz said of the incident.

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

Cruz told reporters Tuesday that it was “still being discussed” whether the staff member in question would retain access to the senator’s social media account.

When pressed by reporters, however, Cruz failed to name the staffer.

Earlier Tuesday, a spokeswoman for Cruz announced via her own Twitter account that the “like” had been undone and that the post had been reported to Twitter.

“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” Catherine Frazier, Cruz’s senior communications adviser, wrote on her Twitter account at 2:16 a.m. Tuesday morning.

Although the “like” has since been undone, screen shots of the post have circulated widely online and @SexuallPosts updated its bio to urge users to “follow the same porn @TedCruz watches.”

The clip, which appeared in his likes, was from an account called “Sexuall Posts” and contained a 2:20 segment of a video from the adult video website Reality Kings. The account that posted the video promised “Full-Length HD Porn Posted Every Day.”

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