Politics

Cruz’s Twitter Account Liked a Porn Video

Staff says “offensive tweet” has been removed

Staff for Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, seen here last week with Connecticut Sen. Christopher S. Murphy, said the offending post has been reported to Twitter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Twitter followers of Sen. Ted Cruz got an eyeful when they checked what the Texas Republican was liking these days.

Cruz’s personal account late Monday showed he liked a two-minute pornographic video from the Twitter account @SexuallPosts, the New York Daily News reported.

The account later tweeted at Cruz simply, “Thanks for watching ted!”

Cruz spokeswoman Catherine Frazier later responded on Twitter that “the offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter.”

According to the Daily News, Frazier mistakenly said the video was posted to Cruz’s account, when it had been liked. 

But that didn’t stop Twitter from exploding with glee that Cruz, a strident social conservative who at one point as Texas’ solicitor general defended a ban on sex toys, liked a pornographic item. Some posted screenshots of the video.

 

Cruz has a strange history regarding pornography and sex.

In his book “A Time for Truth,” Cruz wrote about his tenure as a clerk for former Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist.

At the time, he and other clerks were helping the justices learn about internet pornography for legal purposes, which meant showing pornography to Rehnquist while seated next to former Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, whom Rehnquist dated in law school.

“As we watched these graphic pictures fill our screens, wide-eyed, no one said a word,” Cruz wrote in an excerpt published by Politico Magazine in 2015. “Except for Justice O’Connor, who lowered her head, squinted slightly, and muttered, ‘Oh, my.’”

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