Cruz Account “Likes” Porn Link, Blames Staffer

Texas Senator Ted Cruz accidentally likes a porn link on Twitter, ultimately blaming a staffer for his latest political gaffe.

Senator and 2016 presidential candidate Ted Cruz found himself in hot water this week over activity from his social media account. Cruz has had gaffes before (including the time that hours of uncut footage from a political commercial shoot were released on the Internet). But this time, his pious Christian values were threatened when his social media account “liked” a pornographic photo. Cruz called the porn incident a “mistake.”

“There are a number of people on the team who have access on 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,” he said on the matter. “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 said it was “still being discussed” whether or not the staffer would remain on his staff, let alone in charge of his social media account.

“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” tweeted Catherine Frazier, his senior communications adviser. She explained that the photo in question was originally posted by a user called @SexuallPosts. While the “like” has been undone, screen shots have been shared across the Internet and the bio for @SexuallPosts reads, “follow the same porn @TedCruz watches.”

Ted Cruz ran a rather successful presidential campaign in 2016, ending up as the second most popular Republican candidate to eventual president Donald Trump. It took him a while to endorse Trump, but now seems to be a member of Congress most willing to work with him on conservative issues.

Most recently, Cruz came under fire for requesting federal funding for Hurricane Harvey relief. He is accused of hypocrisy, wanting aid for his home state even though he opposed legislation to help New York and New Jersey in the wake of Hurricane Sandy.