Following the unverified Ted Cruz sex scandal by the National Enquirer that alleged that the Republican presidential contender had five affairs, Twitter has begun to trend with #TedCruzSexTape.
The new allegation comes after National Enquirer’s March 25 issue that featured a potentially troubling accusation against the 2016 Republican presidential contender Ted Cruz: a private investigator is looking into claims he’s been having an affair with five different women. While the Enquirer didn’t name any names and ran only pixelated photos, the Twittersphere was rife with speculation and Internet detective work under the hashtag #CruzSexScandal. Internet detectives claim to have identified three of the five women whose pixelated likenesses appear in the Enquirer story, two of whom worked on other candidates’ campaigns in 2016 and one of whom worked for his own. They allegedly are Katrina Pierson, Amanda Carpenter, and Sarah Isgur Flores.
Now a new story is dominating Twitter about Cruz. Does a sex tape exist that shows him actually participating in one of these affairs he has since denied?
The answer right now is “no” but it’s unclear. The first reports of a possible sex tape came from a tweet by self-described “GOP Media Guy” Rick Wilson. The tweet came before the release of the National Enquirer story.
Twitter users have since interpreted Wilson’s tweet as stating there is a sex tape because of his reference to “The Thing” and “YouTube.” However, Wilson, a staunch anti-Trump man, is now pushing back hard that he was trying to spread rumors about Cruz. He doesn’t want to be seen as though he is helping Trump’s ascension to the GOP nomination.
Still, another one of his tweets from March 11 references the “The Thing’s” existence and his frustration in acknowledging it once the media got wind:
The Huffington Post picked up the story today, adding a timeline to the events by writing:
Rick Wilson got a call earlier this month from a reporter asking about a potentially explosive, campaign-ending piece of opposition research: a Ted Cruz sex tape. Wilson… had no idea. But at the reporter’s request, Wilson contacted a journalist friend at a TV network to see if they’d had it. The TV journalist didn’t have the goods, but had heard another network did.
Whether a Ted Cruz sex tape exists and if it does, who has it, remains to be seen. But the internet has already taken the story and ran with it, with a thread on Reddit claiming to show a still from the video. The image is an out-of-context photo of Cruz making what some have suggested shows what his face would look like “in flagrante delicto.”
However, if the sex tape does turn out to be real, check back here on how to watch or download it.