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Politicians and Porn: 10 Great Internet Fails

Politicians and Porn: 10 Great Internet Fails
From Rolling Stone - September 14, 2017

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 They rescinded the like and contacted Twitter.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 will 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 is not 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 are 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.

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