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Ted Cruz has been reported to Twitter for liking porn

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Cruzing at 1AM

Screengrab of Cruz’s Twitter page at time of the like

Um... Ted Cruz, US senator from Texas, and former Republican presidential candidate, has found himself in a very embarrassing situation. His verified Twitter account has liked a sexually explicit video on Twitter causing the two-minute porn clip to appear in his feed. It's unclear if Cruz liked the video himself, or if it was the late-night work of an aide that manages his social media presence. Nevertheless, Ted Cruz quickly became a trending topic and the butt of a raging internet joke machine. The last time Cruz reached this level of popularity on Twitter was when the internet wondered aloud if Cruz was the unidentified Zodiac Killer.

The tweet was up for nearly an hour before being taken down around 1:20AM ET, at which point Cruz's communication director, Catherine Frazier, tweeted the following:

The bit about "and reported to Twitter" would seem to indicate that Cruz and Co are preparing an "I was hacked" defense popularized by the disgraced Anthony Weiner. Though it sounds terribly unlikely that a malicious hacker would take over Cruz's account just to like a single porn video. The other option is to blame a lackey with access to the account. Who's taking odds on which way this will go?