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Ted Cruz’s Twitter Account ‘Liked’ a Porn Tweet and the Internet Had Plenty to Say

Updated: Sep 12, 2017 11:06 AM ET

Sen. Ted Cruz's official Twitter account appeared to "like" an explicit tweet Monday night, causing a stir on social media.

The Texas senator's account, which has more than 3 million followers, liked a tweet from the account @SexuallPosts, which posts explicit content and porn. The "like" was later removed from the senator's account, Cruz's senior communications adviser Catherine Frazier said.

The incident, however, drew a host of commentary on Twitter, where some users expressed their disbelief.

Comedian and late-night host Jimmy Kimmel also joined the conversation, appearing to poke fun at the senator's record of upholding his religious values. "Well done @ TedCruz using the power of 'like' to illustrate the evils of porn," Kimmel tweeted. Last year, Cruz defended a ban on the use of sex toys in Texas, according to the Associated Press.

Cruz later said that "a number of people" on his team have access to his official Twitter account, and that "it appears that someone inadvertently hit the 'Like' button," according to NBC News reporter Frank Thorp. Cruz did not directly answer when asked if the person responsible would be fired over the incident.

Cruz is not the first politician to come under fire for the actions made on their official Twitter account. Last month, President Donald Trump retweeted one of his critics who called him a "fascist." He deleted that retweet after five minutes.

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