UPDATE [9/12/17, 11:45 a.m. EST]:
Politico has reported that Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) claims a “staffer” was responsible for liking the pornographic tweet.
“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 told reporters Tuesday. “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.”
A spokeswoman for Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) commented Tuesday on the senator's verified Twitter account liking a pornographic video, saying the “offensive” post had been “removed” and “reported,” but no further clarification was provided.
“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” Senior Communications Adviser Catherine Frazier tweeted.
However, Cruz's spokeswomen did not offer an explanation as to how the X-rated tweet ended up being liked by the senator's official account in the first place.
Also, while the statement says the post was “reported” to Twitter, it remains unclear whether Cruz's own account, which liked the “offensive” video, was reported or the @SexuallPosts account, where the video was originally shared.
Late Monday night, the post remained liked by Cruz's official account for nearly an hour, leaving many on Twitter to mock and speculate about how the video came to be favorited by the Texas senator:
It's truly inspiring to see Twitter put aside our petty differences, turn in unison and laugh at Ted Cruz.
— Luke Benson (@Mr_LukeBenson) September 12, 2017
It was only a matter of time before Ted Cruz slipped up and did something that normals do. His fellow lizard overlords will not be pleased.
— John Schindler (@20committee) September 12, 2017
Idk why, but Ted Cruz looking for porn on Twitter instead of an actual porn site is the most Ted Cruz thing I've ever heard.
— Austin Greis (@Draco_Mouth_Toy) September 12, 2017
In the past, Cruz has been attacked for allegedly trying to ban sex toys while solicitor general of Texas. Even his former college roommate used the story as an opportunity roast the Texas senator online, tweeting, “Ted Cruz thinks people don't have a right to 'stimulate their genitals.' I was his college roommate. This would be a new belief of his.”