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This just in: Ted Cruz says it’s OK to masturbate

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Ted Cruz is having a very bad week. On Monday, which happened the be the sixteenth anniversary of 9/11, he (accidentally) liked a bisexual adult film on Twitter featuring a “cheating mom” doing the nasty with her stepdaughter and a man.

SexuallPosts, the account that originally shared the steamy video, was kind enough to thank their high profile fan:

They followed that up by changing their Twitter bio to say: “Follow for the Same Porn @TedCruz Watches.

It took 40 minutes for Cruz to unlike the video and go into damage control.

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Now, in an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, Cruz called the whole thing an “‘honest mistake” and says the staffer “feels terrible” about it. According to him, the staffer (who, of course, was an intern) accidentally hit like on the porno while logged into Cruz’s Twitter account.

“I promise you,” Cruz said, “the staffer feels terrible.”

Well, so long as he feels terrible, we guess it’s OK.

Things only got more awkward from there when Bash brought up Cruz’s past remarks on people’s private sexy time.

She pointed to an incident in 2007 when he was solicitor general of Texas and argued in favor of a law that banned the sale of sex toys claiming that Americans didn’t have a legal right to masturbation.

His exact words at the time were: “There is no substantive-due-process right to stimulate one’s genitals for non-medical purposes unrelated to procreation or outside of an interpersonal relationship.”

When asked about this, Cruz told Bash:

I spent five and a half years as the solicitor general in Texas, I worked for the attorney general. The attorney general’s job is to defend the laws passed by the Texas legislature. One of those laws was a law restricting the sale of sex toys, which is a stupid law. Listen, I am one of the most libertarian members of the Senate. I think it’s idiotic.

Which prompted Bash to say, “I can’t believe I’m going to ask you this, but so you’re officially saying Ted Cruz is okay with people buying sex toys?”

To which Cruz, thoroughly embarrassed by this point, answered: “Consenting adults should be able to do whatever they want in their bedrooms.”

Related: Damage control: Ted Cruz attempts to explain the bisexual adult film on his Twitter profile

Hmmm. That’s quite a reversal from his stance last year when he said porn was a “public health crisis” that had “harmful effects, especially on children” and “destroyed the lives of millions.”

Then again, its kind of destroying his life right now, isn’t it?

And, just for the record, the video he liked on Twitter does not appear to feature any sex toys.

Watch the totally awkward, slightly NSFW interview below. Or don’t.