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Politicians and Porn: 10 Great Internet Fails

Ted Cruz has become the latest politician to have his social media account linked to porn – but he’s not the first

UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 12: Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, walks through the Senate subway as he leaves the Capitol on Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. It was discovered that someone with access to his Twitter feed liked a porn related tweet on Monday. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Ted Cruz made headlines this week when a clip of the porno "Dick for Two" was favorited on his Twitter account.

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By a miracle cast down from some X-rated version of heaven, this week’s most talked-about political story has absolutely nothing to do with Donald Trump. Instead, the Internet’s attention has been focused on the delicious news that Ted Cruz’s Twitter account liked some porn. It happened Monday night, and the Cruz camp quickly spun the situation as far away from their boss as possible. They rescinded the like and contacted Twitter. They pinned it on one of the multiple staffers who allegedly have access to the account. Cruz, they insisted, had nothing to do with it. All of these things could be true, but it’s also true that if a politician of Cruz’s stature gets caught ogling threesome stepmom porn called “Dick For Two,” there is a 100 percent chance he’s going to find some way to deny it. Though we’ll probably never know the truth, the Ted Cruz porn train has left the station for good, and for this, Twitter, we thank you.

Of course, Cruz isn’t the first political figure to find himself tangled up in online pornography. When the hair-trigger immediacy of Twitter was introduced to the sex scandal-laden world of politics, it was inevitable that a porn habit or two would find their way into the light of the Internet. We’re able to enjoy these mini-scandals so thoroughly because there is no real victim other than the politician’s image, which they have spent their entire adult lives fastidiously maintaining. Even sweeter is when the porn-watching politician has used their position to dictate how others should lead their sex lives. The embarrassment of being caught indulging in the very thing they forbid is enough to redirect the blood from their private parts to their face faster than a smartphone can snap a photo. And no matter if they actually did it or if it was, in fact, a hacker trying to put an end to their careers, we will never get tired of that bright-red look. 

EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NO MERCHANDISINGSimon Danczuk 'This Morning' TV Programme, London, Britain. - 15 Jul 2015 SIMON DANCZUK MP - After weeks of tabloid revelations and accusation about his marriage breakup, Simon Danczuk, 48, Labour MP for Rochdale joins us on the sofa to set the record straight about his separation from "Selfie Queen" Karen, 32, after three years of marriage. The pair have exchanged bitter tweets publicly, with allegations of infidelity and alcoholism, but what is the truth behind the headlines? (Rex Features via AP Images)

Simon Danczuk has a dubious excuse for his account liking a porn tweet, but later said that "we should not be too sanctimonious about this."

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Simon Danczuk, Former British Member of Parliament

Danczuk came up with the clever excuse of a faulty phone charger causing his iPhone to “jump about” when it was discovered he favorited an erotic Twitter account. “Before I knew it, and unbeknown to me, I had favorited a tweet which related to this porn site image,” he explained. But Danczuk would later redeem himself when he went on a radio show and admitted to watching porn. “I think we should not be too sanctimonious about this,” he said. His wife even backed him up, tweeting that “if you’re not watching it yourself you really need to.” Bravo, Danczuk family. Bravo. 

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