September 13, 2017 03:49 GMT by dailymail.co.uk

Ted Cruz says aide 'inadvertently' liked porn video

Senator Ted Cruz said an aide was responsible for the like that caused a pornographic post to briefly appear on his Twitter feed. The post was unliked within 40 minutes.

Ted Cruz said an aide was responsible for the like that caused a pornographic post to briefly appear on his Twitter feed. 

The Texas senator stunned his Twitter followers after his account 'liked' a hardcore porn video.

He appeared to 'like' the x-rated clip late on Monday, but it was redacted around 40 minutes later.

Cruz told reporters that 'it was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent. It was a mistake. It was not a deliberate action.'

'This is not how I envisioned waking up this morning,' Cruz said. 'Although I will say that if I had known that this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary.' 

There will be an internal effort from Cruz's team to find the culprit who liked the video, according to CNN

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Ted Cruz blamed an aide for accidentally liking a hardcore porn video from his Twitter account

Ted Cruz blamed an aide for accidentally liking a hardcore porn video from his Twitter account

Ted Cruz liked a hardcore porn link showing a man having sex with a woman while another woman looks on masturbates on Tuesday
The liked Twitter porn video was unliked within 40 minutes

The Texas senator appeared to like the post late on Monday, according to multiple Twitter users. He claimed an aide was responsible for the like  

Ted Cruz joked that he wishes the gaffe would have happened during the Indiana primary for publicity purposed

Ted Cruz joked that he wishes the gaffe would have happened during the Indiana primary for publicity purposed

In July of 2016, Cruz said in a GOP platform draft: 'Pornography, with its harmful effects, especially on children, has become a public health crisis that is destroying the life of millions.'

'We encourage states to continue to fight this public menace and pledge our commitment to children's safety and well-being. We applaud the social networking sites that bar sex offenders from participation. We urge energetic prosecution of child pornography which closely linked to human trafficking.'

While Cruz was the solicitor general of the state of Texas, he helped argue in favor of banning sex toys in the Lone Star State. 

The video he liked does not appear to feature any sex toys. 

Ted Cruz  called pornography a public health crisis in 2016 and said it is destroying the lives of millions 

Ted Cruz  called pornography a public health crisis in 2016 and said it is destroying the lives of millions 

What will it be? Since the tweet was liked just after 9.30pm in LA, some celebrities were awake to react to the like 

What will it be? Since the tweet was liked just after 9.30pm in LA, some celebrities were awake to react to the like 

The account @SexuallPosts thanked the conservative senator for watching the pornographic content 

The account @SexuallPosts thanked the conservative senator for watching the pornographic content 

Ted Cruz's tweet was up for a surprising amount of time, perhaps because no one with access to the account was awake

Ted Cruz's tweet was up for a surprising amount of time, perhaps because no one with access to the account was awake

Ted Cruz was trending within minutes of liking the pornographic video on Twitter 

Ted Cruz was trending within minutes of liking the pornographic video on Twitter 

Ted Cruz's college roommate implied this behavior was not unusual for the Texas native

Ted Cruz's college roommate implied this behavior was not unusual for the Texas native

People in the UK, including Piers Morgan, were awake and able to laugh at Ted Cruz for the unfortunate like 

People in the UK, including Piers Morgan, were awake and able to laugh at Ted Cruz for the unfortunate like 

In 2015 he watched hardcore pornography with Supreme Court justices when the court was considering regulating online porn.

He told the Washington Post: 'We were in front of a large computer screen gazing at explicit, hardcore pornography. 

Cruz's college roommate Craig Mazin‏ also tweeted: 'Now imagine Ted Cruz is doing this four feet below you in the bottom bunk bed. Yes, my misery very much appreciates your company.'

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