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The fact that your “likes” on Twitter are public, and not just quiet sources of contentment for the content generators themselves, continues to be a source of joy as older celebrities, politicians, pundits, and athletes grapple with the platform. Many are the tales of randy men going rogue via social media, not even with the audacity of sliding into someone’s DMs but by merely expressing the most passive possible approval of a nude selfie or a pornographic tweet.

This appears to be the case of Texas Senator, failed presidential nominee, and universally reviled deep-sea slug Ted Cruz, who, it was discovered yesterday, smashed that heart button (this is not a euphemism) for one of @SexuallPosts “sexuall posts”:

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The actual post—which, fair warning, is explicit pornography—features what appears to be a wife coming home, seeing her husband cheating on her, and, rather than intervening, choosing to masturbate on the sidelines while watching. And hey: All’s fair in love and porn, and you should enjoy whatever floats your boat, Ted and/or newly shit-canned intern on Ted’s social media team. However, given that this is Ted Cruz, a virulent opponent of women’s rights, the LGBTQ community, and the right to masturbate, a man who once tried to ban dildos—well, he does not deserve a sex-positive take on pro-infidelity pornography.

And folks, when Ted Cruz gets caught pounding it to vanilla porn like this, you take that bait and run with it:

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This will probably keep going for awhile.

The playbook from here is tried and true: Wait a little while, claim that you were hacked, and then brush it under the rug. The glorious ceremony has already begun, with this tweet via his communications director:

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But the jokes—they’ll just keep biting their finger and coming.

UPDATE: And the circle is complete. Per Politico:

“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 internally, but it was a mistake. It was not malicious.”

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