Wednesday 21 February 2018

Senator Ted Cruz faces backlash after his Twitter account 'likes' pornography video

Communications director claims the ‘like’ was a ‘tweet posted on Ted Cruz’s account’

Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder
Former Republican U.S. presidential candidate Senator Ted Cruz speaks during the third night of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S. July 20, 2016. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

Rachael Revesz

Liking something by mistake on social media is all too easy – something Senator Ted Cruz and his team may have discovered after accidentally sharing pornography on Twitter.

The Texas Senator – or a staffer – appeared to “like” a two-minute porn video on the social media platform from @SexuallPosts before deleting it just before 1.30am.

The footage of two women and a man engaged in sexual activity showed under Mr Cruz’s “likes” briefly early Tuesday morning.

Twitter prohibits pornography on its platform.

Catherine Frazier, senior communications adviser to Mr Cruz, tweeted: “The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter.”

BuzzFeed journalist Chris Geidner replied, “It wasn’t ‘posted on’ his account. It was liked. Who liked it?”

This is not the first time the failed Presidential candidate, who Donald Trump nicknamed “Lyin’ Ted”, has been associated with pornography.

Last year, his campaign had to retract an advert attacking his former rival, Florida Senator Marco Rubio, after learning the team had hired softcore porn actor Amy Lindsay.

The evangelical Christian politician has tried – and failed – to ban sex toys in 2007.

In a town hall event during his campaign for President in April 2016 he admitted to searching for hardcore pornography using the term “cantaloupe” alongside retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day when he was a young law clerk for then Supreme Court Chief Justice William Rehnquist. The justices were considering a case challenging online porn regulations and they wanted to see how easily porn could be found on the internet.

Independent News Service

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