Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) made headlines when “someone” liked a pornographic video from his Twitter account earlier this week. Cruz has repeatedly insisted that he was not the one who liked the video and has, instead, blamed the incident on one of his staffers.
On Tuesday, Cruz released the following statement to the press:
‘There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account. It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button. When we discovered the post, which was I guess an hour or two later, we pulled it down. It was a staffing issue. And it was inadvertent, it was a mistake. It was not a deliberate act. We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious.’
He also joked that a similar incident could have helped him in last year’s Indiana primary elections.
Cruz may have hoped that his statement was enough to sweep the “mistake” under the rug, but that was clearly not the case. On Wednesday, the senator sat down with CNN’s Dana Bash to discuss the situation.
Cruz first insisted to Bash that he was not the one who liked the video. He also called the mishap “an honest mistake” and added:
‘I promise you, the staffer feels terrible.’
In response to the social media snafu, many people have pointed out the irony of Cruz (or someone on his staff) liking a pornographic video when he once defended a law restricting the sale of sex toys. When Bash asked him about the comparison, he said:
‘I spent five and a half years as the solicitor general in Texas, I worked for the attorney general. The attorney general’s job is to defend the laws passed by the Texas legislature. One of those laws was a law restricting the sale of sex toys, which is a stupid law. Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms.’
Watch Cruz’s comments in the video below, available via Twitter.
Ted Cruz on porn video “liked” from his Twitter account: Staffer accidentally hit the wrong button, “It was not me” https://t.co/kk8iyxiIRx
— CNN (@CNN) September 13, 2017
For the most part, those who watched the interview have made it clear that they’re not buying Cruz’s story.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.