Ted Cruz "Likes" Porn Video on Twitter

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The Republican senator says a staffer "liked" a two-minute video of hard-core porn, a move that has sent Twitter ablaze.

Ted Cruz, or someone with access to his social media, "liked" a pornographic post on Twitter late Monday night. 

The Republican senator from Texas' Twitter account was one of hundreds that liked a two-minute hard-core porn video posted by the user @SexuallPosts. The post, that has since been deleted, showed two women and a man engaging in graphic acts. 

"The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter," Catherine Frazier, Cruz’s senior communications adviser, wrote on her Twitter account in the early hours Tuesday morning, after users captured the Cruz account's actions. 

Pornography is banned on Twitter and while it was unclear whether Cruz personally liked the tweet or if it was someone who had access to his account, that didn't stop other users having a field day and mocking the senator. Many took screenshots of the "like" that populated in the section of his feed before it was deleted. 

On Tuesday morning, Cruz told reporters that the "like" came from a staffer who had access to his account.

"There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account. It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button," he said, reported Politico. "When we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down."

He continued: "It was a staffing issue. And it was inadvertent, it was a mistake. It was not a deliberate act. We're dealing with internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious."

Cruz said he hadn't yet decided if he would revoke the staff member's access. 

Meanwhile, the bio for @SexuallPosts now reads: "Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches."

See the initial tweets about the incident below.

Sept. 12, 8:35 a.m.: Updated with Cruz statements.

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