On Twitter, Cruz's Response Merely Allowed for Even More Jokes
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The Internet has been having a great time mocking Ted Cruz after his Twitter account Monday night "liked" an x-rated porn video posted to the social media platform. It remained "liked" for nearly an hour, allowing the unpopular Texas Tea Party Republican some rare attention.
Cruz's communications director announced the "like" had been reported, although did not say to who.
But Cruz has decided to downplay it, and is refusing to blame anyone by name.
"There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account & it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button," Cruz said, according to NBC News' Frank Thorpe.
He also joked about it a bit: "Perhaps we should have done something like this during the Indiana primary," the former GOP presidential candidate added, as The Daily Beast noted.
And Cruz blamed it on a "staffing issue" – feel free to do with that what you will.
"It was a staffing issue, and it was inadvertent, it was a mistake, it was not a deliberate action."
Thorpe asked Cruz if the staffer will be fired.
"We’re dealing w/ it internally, but it was a mistake, it was not malicious conduct."
On Twitter, Cruz's response merely allowed for more jokes:
"It was a staffing issue. No more questions. We've been beating off reporters all day. What? Why are you laughing? I'm gonna have a stroke." https://t.co/blPsJt7SK0— Dave Lozo (@davelozo) September 12, 2017
it was a staffing issue. its being handled. were rubbing out the problem. it was caused by our intern jack, so weve thrown jack off the team— DougExeter (@DougExeter) September 12, 2017
If your staffing issue lasts longer than four hours, call your doctor immediately https://t.co/0NQcWPB9Fr— jason 🦃 (@JasonKirkSBN) September 12, 2017
My heart goes out to Ted Cruz over his staffing issue. Stay strong, Ted, and remember these words from fellow Christian, Joel Osteen... pic.twitter.com/1uzNxfagGa— Christian Nightmares (@ChristnNitemare) September 12, 2017
A staffing issue, like... Cruz didn't have a staffer with him to keep him from liking porn on Twitter AMIRITE https://t.co/5SUF3Jdj4e— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) September 12, 2017
"Son, I just want you to know that it's perfectly natural to have a staffing issue-- it's nothing to be ashamed of."— Liz Meriwether (@lizmeriwether) September 12, 2017
Just found a video of 18-yr-old Ted Cruz saying he aspires "to be in a teen tit film" 👇 https://t.co/D8gJkc5slA— Roger Sollenberger (@SollenbergerRC) September 12, 2017
Staffing issue lmao— Erin 🎶Gloria🎶 Ryan (@morninggloria) September 12, 2017
"a staffing issue" <--- that is priceless 😂🤣😂 https://t.co/4diwNjbXYG— Ken Blancaflor (@Ken2tor) September 12, 2017
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