Ted Cruz May Not Be the Zodiac Killer but He Might Like Porn

At some point between Monday night and Tuesday morning, Sen. Ted Cruz’s Twitter account “liked” a pornographic video, causing Twitter to explode. The whole thing seems to be a result of a general misunderstanding of the basics of Twitter.

At 2:16 a.m. Tuesday, Catherine Frazer, Cruz’s senior communications advisor, tweeted this:

However, there was no tweet to delete. Cruz’s feed indicated that he had liked a tweet. Considering that nothing was posted and posting graphic content on Twitter is allowed, it is unclear what was “reported” to Twitter.

Later during the day, Frazer tweeted a transcript of an interaction Cruz had with reporters.

Cruz said that something was posted, but again–nothing was posted, just liked.

Eventually the tweet was unliked, but the damage had already been done.

Cruz is able to joke about the situation despite his previous run-ins with porn and self-pleasure. The media used this incident to remind readers of Cruz’s history with porn and also used it as political commentary.

Mother Jones reported that when Cruz was Texas’ solicitor general, he had defended a law banning the sale and promotion of sex toys.

The Washington Post and CNN both reminded their audience of his history with porn: the time he watched porn with Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, the time he posted a video during the 2016 Republican Primary that featured an actress who appeared in erotic films and the time a young Cruz said his aspiration was to be in a “teen tit film.”

U.S. News put out an opinion piece using Cruz’s liked tweet as an example of how hypocritical the author believes the Republican Party is when it comes to Americans liking sex, specifically women and members of the LGBTQ community.

Almost every other news outlet covered this scandal and how Cruz’s office responded to it.

The entire incident was blamed on a staffing mistake. The only explanation for this is that a staff member forgot to switch back over to their own account before they liked the tweet, a rookie intern move. But ultimately, no one should like the porn they are watching on Twitter anyway.

This whole situation could have been less weird, confusing, and could have been avoided completely if there was more attention given to the ins-and-outs of Twitter.

But this blunder produced some of the funniest content on Twitter in recent weeks, so maybe it was worth it. Here are the top ten tweets on Cruz’s porn like:

1. There were jokes about his lack of friends.

2. There were some masturbation jokes, from Cruz’s old roommate no less:

3. There were jokes about his political beliefs:

4. It was really just a lot:

5. There can’t be a scandal without Hillary Clinton’s emails…

6. Is there some truth to this satire?

7. We all had a similar reaction:

8. You can’t forget the male genitalia jokes:

9. Which one is the right answer?

10. Who cares if Apple is announcing new products?

That’s all folks. I hope yesterday’s Twitter feeds were as entertaining for you as it was surprising for Cruz.

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