Porn video gets a like from Ted Cruz's Twitter accountSeptember 12, 2017 6:46pm

Sept. 12-- WASHINGTON-After a spokeswoman initially suggested his Twitter account had been hacked, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz says a staffer is to blame for an "inadvertent" like of a pornography video on his social media account late Monday.

"It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent. It was a mistake," Cruz told reporters at the U.S. Capitol, adding that his team is "dealing with it internally."

The social media stir began when users-including the anti-Trump group Indivisible DFW-spotted a curious "like" of a pornography video on the senator's account on Monday.

The video was posted by NSFW-not safe for work-account @SexuallPosts, which now has changed its bio to "Follow the same porn @TedCruz watches."

The senator's staff quickly went into damage control in an attempt to distance the lawmaker from the unlikable "like."

Overnight, a spokeswoman suggested in a tweet that the account may have been hacked, writing that the "offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter."

Hours later, Cruz offered a different explanation.

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

Still, the senator attempted to have a little fun with the matter. "This was not how I envisioned waking up this morning, although I will say if I had known that this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary," he joked.

Asked if the staffer will continue to have access to his account, Cruz said: "That is still being discussed."

The tawdry Twitter episode is no doubt a distraction from Cruz's Hurricane Harvey response efforts. Aside from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the senator has emerged as one of the most visible lawmakers in storm-ravaged parts of the state.

But it's not Cruz's first pornography-related blunder.

While campaigning for the White House in 2016, Cruz removed an attack ad against Sen. Marco Rubio after one of the actors was discovered to have a past in the adult film industry, a New York Times reporter noted on Tuesday.

Staff writer Katie Leslie contributed to this report.

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