Ted Cruz Briefly Liked Porn on Twitter Last Night & It Was a Gift to the Internet

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Late Monday night, Internet lurkers and Weird Politics Twitter got tipped off to a NSFW video in Sen. Ted Cruz's "likes" — a low-quality video shared from an account called "Sexuall Posts" [sic]. The two minute video stayed visible in that column of his verified page for about an hour before it was unliked, but it was still more than long enough for the junior senator from Texas to get thoroughly roasted over the slip-up.

Catherine Frazier,  Cruz's press director tweeted early on Tuesday that "The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter." 

Later on Monday Politico reported that Cruz said the fave was the fault of a staffer that "inadvertently hit the like button" and nothing more. 

"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 said. "When we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down," Cruz said.  "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."

Meanwhile, the "Sexual Posts" account tweeted a "thanks for watching" to Cruz and changed their bio to promote their page with "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches." Yikes. 

While plenty of normal humans watch porn (and don't deserve to be repeatedly dunked on by the Internet), the case of Sen. Cruz publicly liking this video is an interesting one when you consider his inherently sex negative history of anti-choice legislation, anti-birth control legislation and rhetoric. It's a bit harder to be a puritanical character legislatively policing the morality of others with porn on your dash, you know?

And, of course, there's that one time he assisted in a case attempting to ban the sale of sex toys in Texas (no, really.) 

As Mother Jones' David Corn wrote last year, Ted Cruz actually defended the case to ban "dildos, artificial vaginas, and other obscene devices" and argued that using the aforementioned toys were similar to "hiring a willing prostitute" (uh) before finally concluding that "there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship."

While no one ever wants to repeatedly hear about politicians old enough to be their dad and stimulation of any kind, the "Sexuall Posts" tweet gave many of Cruz's critics the chance to pounce on his apparent hypocrisy and find a little bit of light in the deeply uncomfortable situation before them: 

If we take anything away from this, let it be this: Your Twitter likes are not private and late-night Twitter has no mercy. 

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Katherine Speller (or Katie) is the News Editor for Her Campus. She first fell in love with journalism while attending SUNY New Paltz ('14). Since then, she has worked on the staffs at MTV News and Bustle writing about politics, intersectional social issues and more before serving as staff researcher at Lady Parts Justice League. As a freelancer, her work has been published in Women's Health, the Daily Dot, Public Radio International (PRI) and WNYC and is a regular panelist on the "We're All Gonna Die" politics podcast. She's passionate about telling compelling, empathy-inspiring stories and uplifting diverse voices.

Katherine is a Libra with a Taurus moon and a Scorpio ascendant. She has a deep appreciation for strong diner coffee, watching the same three horror movie documentaries and (sometimes) Capricorns. She lives in the Hudson Valley with her cat (Xena), her yorkie (Gluteus Maximus) and her bulldog (Gluteus Minimus) who occupy the majority of her waking thoughts. You can follow her on Twitter (@kathriller) and Instagram (@kathriller) or read more of her essays/road trip logs on Medium.