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‘Thanks for watching, Ted’: Internet goes bonkers after GOP’s Cruz gives thumbs-up to porn account

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Sen. Ted Cruz (or someone with access to his personal social media account) on Monday took a break from his evangelical Bible-thumpingPrincess Bride-quoting pastime to “like” a very NSFW video on Twitter.

The 1-minute-and-42-second clip ignited the Internet early Tuesday morning as users marveled at the “family values” poster child tipping his hat to some good, old fashioned porn. Cruz, a veritable finger-wagging conservative who once defended a ban on dildos, did not issue a statement after taking down the video. But Catherine Frazier, his senior communications adviser, took to Twitter shortly after to assure people the “like” was not triggered by her boss’s own hands.

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“The offensive tweet posted on @tedcruz account earlier has been removed by staff and reported to Twitter,” Frazier wrote.

Unfortunately for Cruz, and fortunately for everyone else, the Internet kept the receipts.

@Sexuallposts, the account inadvertently “liked” by the senator from the great state of Texas, even “thanked” Cruz for finding their clip worthy of his time.

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And they were hardly the only ones having fun at his expense. Read some amazing posts below, via Twitter:

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‘They just fired on us’: Horrifying videos of cops ‘using journalists for target practice’ in Minneapolis

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Journalists covering the protests in Minneapolis reported on being targeted by police on Saturday.

Multiple reports -- including live coverage on CNN -- showed police firing rubber bullets at journalists.

It’s open season on the media for the cops in Minneapolis. Evil. https://t.co/ZR3Nnf9ofH

— Nick Stellini (@StelliniTweets) May 31, 2020

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Scientists warn of ‘superspreaders’ as Americans flock back to restaurants, salons and churches

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About 75% of Trump’s proposed coronavirus capital gains tax cut would go to the top 1% of earners

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Roughly three-quarters of the benefits from the capital gains tax cut floated by President Donald Trump as part of the administration's coronavirus relief plan would go to the top 1% of earners, according to the Tax Policy Center.

Trump has repeatedly floated a cut to capital gains taxes, which are taxes paid by investors on profits made when an asset, like stock or real estate, is sold. The capital gains tax rate is already 35% lower than the top income tax rate, and only about 6% of households in the bottom 80% of earners claim any capital gains, meaning the overwhelming majority of benefits would flow to the wealthy.

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