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@tedcruz likes porn tweet, blames 'staffing issue'

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, woke up Tuesday to find his name trending on Twitter — linked overnight to a certain video from the "Milf Hunter" series, perhaps unfairly, perhaps irrevocably.

The clip itself is just over two minutes, details of its contents mostly unprintable. It features a sectional sofa, the pornographic actress Cory Chase, her fictitious nude stepdaughter and a very energetic young man.

Cruz, of course, is nowhere to be seen in the footage, which has been floating around the Internet for more than a year. But around midnight, someone who was signed into the senator's official Twitter account clicked a little heart below the video — and thus did @tedcruz "like" porn.

By late morning, reporters were waiting outside the U.S. Capitol to question the flesh-and-blood Cruz about his online alias' handiwork, which he disavowed.

"It was a staffing issue and it was inadvertent," the senator said. "It was a mistake."

He said "a number of people" in his office had access to account. But Cruz wouldn't name the mystery staffer, or say how they might be disciplined.

And twice that morning, reporters asked him if he himself was the liker.

"No," Cruz said quietly as he finally walked away.

Cruz has watched porn on the Internet at least once, regardless of what happened on his Twitter account Monday night. He said so in his book A Time for Truth: Reigniting the Promise of America.

It was back in the 1990s, and all very proper. Cruz was a 26-year-old Supreme Court law clerk at the time. The justices were deciding whether Internet porn should be regulated, and some first decided they needed to see the stuff for themselves, and so young Cruz got an eyeful.

"As we watched these graphic pictures fill our screens, wide-eyed, no one said a word," he wrote. "Except for Justice O'Connor, who lowered her head, squinted slightly, and muttered, 'Oh, my.' "

Which is exactly the same thing @KieraGorden said in the small hours of the morning more than 20 years later, when she and what seems like half the conscious online population discovered the clip of stepmother and stepdaughter and sweaty male friend beneath the senator's banner portrait.

"OH MY."

Denial or not, the senator continues to be mocked across the Internet.

One Twitter quip: "Liking a porn tweet is by far the least offensive, most normal thing Ted Cruz has ever done."

As the solicitor general for the state of Texas in 2004, Mother Jones reported, Cruz's legal team tried to defend a law banning the sale of sex toys. His office drafted a 76-page brief that argued that the government had an interest in discouraging "autonomous sex," Mother Jones wrote — and "there is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one's genitals for nonmedical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship."

Then last year, when he was running for president in the Republican Primary, Cruz's campaign inadvertently cast a former soft-core porn actress in an ad attacking his rival, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida.

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