FORMER Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz says an aide “inadvertantly” ‘liked’ a pornographic post, causing it to appear on the senator’s Twitter feed.
The Texas Republican and 2016 presidential candidate said overnight that several aides have access to the account and that one inadvertently posted the pornography.
Sen. Cruz told reporters “it was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent. It was a mistake. It was not a deliberate action.”
Liking a post - which only people with access to a Twitter account are able to do - causes it to appear on one’s feed.
Sen. Cruz sought to make light of the episode, which gained widespread notice on the popular social media site.
“This is not how I envisioned waking up this morning,” Sen. Cruz said. “Although I will say that if I had known that this would trend so quickly, perhaps we should have posted something like this back during the Indiana primary.”
Sen. Cruz would not say whether he’ll fire the staff aide or deny the aide access to his social media accounts, though he did note that the aide did not act maliciously.
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, earlier tweeted, saying the “offensive tweet” has been removed and “reported to Twitter”.
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.