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September 12, 2017

Ted Cruz (or Whoever Manages His Twitter Feed Late at Night) "Likes" X-Rated Porn Video, Then Unlikes It After an Hour

Apparently his account "liked" (which puts the video into a "like" list) a video of a busty blonde milf getting aroused by watching two people having have sex.

The video was made by some outfit called Reality Kings, which I swear, your honor, I've never heard of before.

Cruz's spokeswoman is claiming...

"The offensive tweet posted on @Tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter."

...which is a weird thing to say, because if you wouldn't "report" your tweet to Twitter unless you were claiming you'd been hacked.

Which he's not claiming explicitly, but that does seem to be the implication here.

That defense does not work. Hackers don't almost immediately restore an account to your control. And people don't try to make a story go away after they've been hacked -- they scream angrily about it.

Anyway, this is really no big deal, in the scheme of things, but deception about it will cause people to mistrust Senator Cruz more. There are a lot of somewhat (somewhat) innocent ways this could happen; sometimes porn gets retweeted into your timeline by someone you follow. Maybe he just meant to click on it -- hey, it is the nature of man to want to see boobies -- and hit "like" by accident. Maybe the guy who manages his account was mixing business and pleasure.

Who knows. But "hacked" isn't going to hold as an explanation.

I don't care what happened here, and I'm not going to write much about this.

But the left, and Cruz's Republican/GOPe enemies, do care, and they will press it.

Update: I googled for the latest stories, but apparently I didn't find the latest ones, but older ones.

Ted Cruz has in fact said more about the incident.

Later that morning, the senator told reporters that the like was "inadvertent" and a "mistake" caused by several people having access to the account.

"There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account and it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button," he said, according to NBC News.

Cruz also reportedly joked about it, saying that they should have "done something like this during the Indiana primary."

He doesn't flat-out say that "someone" else did it, but that's the implication, and whether true or not, that story seems unlikely to be disproven.

So he's probably fine.

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