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Ted Cruz "Likes" a Pornographic Tweet

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Overview

Ted Cruz "Likes" a Pornographic Tweet refers to an hour or so on September 11th, 2017 in which Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz had a post in his Twitter "likes" featuring a clip from a pornographic film.

Background

On September 11th, 2017, Twitter account @SexuallPosts,[1] a Twitter account that posts GIFs and clips of pornographic content, posted a clip from a video by pornographic studio Reality Kings. In the clip, a mother walks in on her daughter and a guy having sex and masturbates nearby. At some point during the day, Ted Cruz' Twitter account "liked" the video, and since one's likes are public information on Twitter, the like was soon noticed.[10]


Tweets Following Followers 19.4K7,740 3.01M 1,248 Likes Follow ) Likes Ted Cruze @tedcruz Sexuall Posts @SexuallPosts Sep 11 Father of two, @heidiscruz's husband, fighter for liberty. Representing the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate. O Houston, Texas θ tedcruz.org Joined March 2009 Q Born on December 22 Tweet to Ted Cruz 2 15 Followers you know 0:16/2:20 REALITYKINGS.CO

Developments

News of the "like" began spreading in the early morning of September 12th, 2017, EST. @MagicBulletRecs[2] discovered the like and tweeted a screenshot in the replies to @SexuallPosts' original tweet, (shown below). Twitter user @Yashar[3] tweeted a more explicit screenshot in a more popular tweet that gained over 3,800 retweets.


Magic Bullet Records @magicbulletrecs 9h Replying to @SexuallPosts Hi, @tedcruz Ted Cruz @tedcruz Father of two, @heidiscruz's husband, fighter for liberty. Representing the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate. O Houston, Texas t.co/dJ4Q3979gw O Born on December 22 7,740 Following 3M Followers TweetsTweets& replies Media Likes sexuall Posts @sexuallPosts. 1d 25 601 21K

Online Reaction

Once the "like" became common knowledge on Twitter, it was quickly joked about, as people mocked Cruz with pictures of him or with screenshots of the video. User @TheDukeWindsor[4] posted stills from the video and captioned them "When you notice Ted Cruz liking twitter porn," gaining over 1,600 retweets (shown below, left). Another popular tweet by @EMINEMOBAMA[5] pointed out that the woman in the video resembled Cruz' wife, Heidi, gaining over 1,400 retweets (shown below, right).


Daniel M. Chick @TheDukeWindsor Follow Replying to @SexuallPosts When you notice Ted Cruz liking twitter p--- mr. understood @EMINEMOBAMA Follow the woman from teds video and his wife Heidi haha 1:52 AM-12 Sep 2017

After the tweet was liked for about an hour, Cruz staffer Catherine Frazier tweeted an update which stated "The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter." This was incorrect, as Cruz did not post the tweet, but rather "liked" it, and reporting the tweet would be useless as porn is allowed to be posted on Twitter. The following morning, reporter Frank Thorp[6] tweeted quotes Cruz himself gave in response to the controversy. Cruz reacted with good humor and wrote off the like as a mistake made by a staffer.


Frank Thorp V @frankthorp 1h Ted Cruz just now jokes about liked p--- tweet: "Perhaps we should have done something like this during the Indiana primary." 39 302 760 Frank Thorp V @frankthorp Follow Cruz: "There are a number of people on the team that have access to the account & it appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button" 1:50 AM - 12 Sep 2017 84 Retweets 165 Likes

The moment was picked up by several news blogs the following day, including The Daily Dot,[7] TIME,[8] Huffington Post,[9] and many more. Meanwhile, jokes about Ted Cruz began hitting /r/MemeEconomy, where two posts[10][11] talking about the incoming spread of Ted Cruz memes gained 294 and 42 points, respectively (shown below).



Various Reactions


Jimmy Kimmel @jimmykimmel Follow Well done @TedCruz using the power of "like" to illustrate the evils of p--- #Weiner 仓Home Moments Rotifications Messages y Search Twitter 99+ Tweet Tweets Following Followers 19.4K7,740 3.01M 1,248 Likes Follow Likes Ted Cruz* @tedcruz Follows you Sexuall Posts @SexuallPosts Sep 10 Father of two, @heidiscruz's husband fighter for liberty. Representing the great state of Texas in the U.S. Senate. O Houston, Texas θ tedcruz.org Joined March 2009 Born on December 22 Tweet to Message & 24 Followers you know Hannah Joy @SurlyNurseJoy Follow Replying to @SurlyNurseJoy @pattymo @BrandyLJensen lguess this garbage I made will do ounc weets&replis Media Likes uall Posts ㆆ @SexuallPosts . 1d 125 C 499 Dane Rauschenberg @SeeDaneRun Follow Replying to @SexuallPosts @magicbulletrecs @tedcruz Oh, you magnificent bastards! Sexuall Posts @SexuallPosts Follow for the Same P--- The @TedCruz watches *18+ advised Follovw @SexualSnapsVids for more (we don't own any of the content posted) Carol Grant @itmecarol Follow Roses are red Manna's from heaven ted cruz fav'd a p--- on 9/11 1:46 AM -12 Sep 2017 Jamie McCarty@JamieMcCarty 10h Replying to @yashar MASTURBATED 17 t 159 784 Craig Bro Dude @CraigsJ Following When you're flabbergasted REALITNKINGS.COM 1:50 AM -12 Sep 2017

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