Republican presidential candidate and self-avowed family man Ted Cruz appears to have been busted liking a pornographic link on social media.
Just after midnight on Tuesday local time, eagle-eyed Twitter users noted the official account for the conservative Texas senator had liked a post from the account “Sexuall Posts” that included a minute-long video of a hard-core porn film, according to Daily News.
Lewd footage of the actors – two women and a man – briefly appeared on Cruz’s feed of liked tweets but has since been taken down.
Cruz’s communication director, Catherine Frazier, tweeted, saying the “offensive tweet” has been removed and “reported to Twitter”, suggesting his account had been hacked.
The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter
— Catherine Frazier (@catblackfrazier) September 12, 2017
Cruz has long been an opponent of pornography, presenting himself as a family values politician.
Last year, he was among Republican delegates who unanimously voted to add an amendment to the draft of their platform that called pornography a “public health crisis” and a “public menace” that is destroying lives.
“Pornography, with his 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 wellbeing,” the amendment stated.
The development has caused shock online, with many mocking President Trump’s former rival.
— Contra ? (@ContraPoints) September 12, 2017
I suppose we all have our own ways of remembering 9/11, but I was taken aback by Ted Cruz's approach.
— Jeet Heer (@HeerJeet) September 12, 2017
*Wake up, check Twitter*
"Why is Ted Cruz tren-" pic.twitter.com/6U3WuZwxrv
— Bille Lehmann (@bille_IV) September 12, 2017
Me waiting for Ted Cruz's inevitable statement that his Twitter was hacked pic.twitter.com/QVkpizbS47
— Justin (@DTPJustin) September 12, 2017
Wow, and here I thought the only thing @tedcruz could get off to was stealing healthcare from poor people. Color me shocked.
— Rep. Alan Grayson (@AlanGrayson) September 12, 2017
Right Now: Ted Cruz Intern who forgot to switch back to his own twitter profile before his lunch break: pic.twitter.com/aGUAK8pt1a
— Hello, Friend (@MattsIdeaShop) September 12, 2017
Trump seeing why Ted Cruz is trending pic.twitter.com/79O1hz72OR
— Violet (@RightwingSpawn) September 12, 2017
I'll pay $10 to any reporter that asks Ted Cruz if he's seen any good movies lately. #TedCruz
— Tom Murphy (@tgagemurphy) September 12, 2017
while every one is talking about ted cruz pulling his hog on 9/11 it's a good time to sneak in some opinions. ketchup is a garbage condiment
— leon ? (@leyawn) September 12, 2017
Everyone: "Why does Twitter show me a bunch of tweets that other people have liked?"
*Ted Cruz favs some porn on 9/11*
— Kit Lovelace (@kitlovelace) September 12, 2017
Loving Ted Cruz’s new campaign posters pic.twitter.com/2jBoVt3c0w
— Jason O. Gilbert (@gilbertjasono) September 12, 2017
Somewhere Ted Cruz's staff is trying to wake him up to unlike that video. But he's sound asleep after watching it.
— Adam Parkhomenko (@AdamParkhomenko) September 12, 2017
So this is what happens when I go on vacation. Ted Cruz likes a tweet from Sexuall Posts. pic.twitter.com/4SGbiwrUXY
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 12, 2017
Ted Cruz's PR team this morning.pic.twitter.com/J6KF5tFO7t
— Ricky Davila (@TheRickyDavila) September 12, 2017
somewhere in texas mcmansion, ted cruz is sleeping, blissfully unaware of the maelstrom of horror that awaits him in the morning
— KRANG T. NELSON (@KrangTNelson) September 12, 2017
When Ted Cruz tries to shake your hand this morning pic.twitter.com/OAldMOITjI
— Sarah (@OfficialQuari) September 12, 2017
Ted Cruz in a panick when he realized people can find out what you like pic.twitter.com/CUAH8EbHKh
— RogelioGarcia Lawyer (@LawyerRogelio) September 12, 2017
Ted Cruz is the only man in politics wishing we were talking about Hillary Clinton's book.
— Ashley Black (@ashleyn1cole) September 12, 2017
And now a quick check on Ted Cruz for Politics. pic.twitter.com/WfntNijuk8
— Shane? (@bcshane12) September 12, 2017
This is all a big mixup. Ted Cruz was searching the Twitterverse for a MILF:
— The Incredible Sulk (@TurnUp_TheTweet) September 12, 2017
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