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Note: This article contains coarse language that may offend some readers.

As we reported earlier, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) made news Tuesday when it was discovered that his official Twitter account had “liked” a pornographic video, and that notation remained on his public Twitter account for several hours.

The pornographic Twitter account, @SexuallPosts, updated its profile to include the message “Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches,” and the story spread like wildfire.

Cruz later blamed the incident on an unidentified “member” of his “staff”:

“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,” Cruz (R-Texas) said of the incident. “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.”

Ironically, one of the people in the video that Cruz's “staffer” favorited was also “dealing with it internally.”

It is worth noting that even for someone to “mistakenly” like a tweet, they have to have been looking at it, which is, I suppose, the entire point of the story. That Ted Cruz, or someone Ted Cruz-adjacent, was viewing pornography.

While this story hasn't been great for Ted Cruz, it has been a boon to the distribution of porn.

In an email to Independent Journal Review, @Sexuallposts said that prior to the Cruz kerfuffle, the account had about 595,000 followers. Since then, its follower count has exploded by more than 18,000, and shows no sign of slowing down.

It has also brought out the absolute worst in some people.

I think I may have mentioned this before, but nobody likes Ted Cruz. When Ted Cruz plays “rock, paper, scissors,” the three of them work together to cut, smother, and break him. Telemarketers have a “do not call” list that only says “Ted Cruz” on it. A newspaper once tried to express the number of people who like Ted Cruz numerically, and was sued for defamation by the Empty Set.

But dammit if this story doesn't make me have to (ugh) defend Ted Cruz. Look, I posted this story because it was funny, and it gave me a chance to rattle off some more “nobody likes Ted Cruz” jokes, but as I also mentioned before, Ted Cruz maybe watching porn is the single most likable thing about him. Yes, it's fun to mock any Republican over their family values hypocrisy, but substantively, this is less than meaningless.

Don't tell that to Chris Cillizza, though, who treats this with the seriousness it does not deserve at all, providing a Zapruder-esque tick-tock of Cruz's political response, and concluding with this scold:

Cruz needs to clear this up. Immediately. Possibly sooner.

Sorry, but no he freaking doesn't. Ted Cruz is as free to watch and like pornography as any other American, and so are his “staffers.” This one time, and this one time only, I will say “Leave Ted Cruz alone!”

Especially if he's watching porn.

Please note: This is a commentary piece. The views and opinions expressed within it are those of the author only and do not necessarily reflect the editorial opinion of IJR.

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