Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is up to his ears in Hurricane Harvey issues, but an aide found a way of distracting his attention by “liking” a porn video via the senator’s Twitter feed.

“There are a number of people on the team who have access on the account,” Cruz said as Twitter went into a tizzy. “It appears that someone inadvertently hit the like button.

He said that when the post was discovered an hour or two later, “we pulled it down.

Cruz called the flub a “staffing issue” — which in turn brought out references to phallic [staff] imagery.

The senator denies it was a deliberate act.

“We’re dealing with it internally, but it was a mistake,” he said, not naming the staffer in question. “It was not malicious.”

Politico noted: “On Twitter, users can ‘like’ posts by clicking on a heart beneath them, which causes those posts to populate on the user’s profile under the ‘liked’ section. The pornographic post in question had initially been shared by an account using the handle @SexuallPosts, and screen shots of the post from Cruz’s page show a graphic sexual video.”

@SexuallPosts updated its bio to urge users to “follow the same porn @TedCruz watches.”

Washington Post reporter Ed O’Keefe said: “Cruz wouldn’t name the staffer; nor what discipline they might face; it is ‘still being discussed’ whether person will access the account. Cruz quips: If he’d known it would trend so quickly, ‘perhaps we should have posted something like this during the Indiana primary.’”

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