Alleged Ted Cruz sex scandal had the Internet's Cruz detractors buzzing

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Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz is battling an entanglement of rumors that allege the Texas senator is "hiding five different mistresses," according to the tabloid theNational Enquirer. According to its source, identified as a "Washington insider," "private detectives are digging into at least five affairs Ted Cruz supposedly had," and "the leaked details are an attempt to destroy what's left of his White House campaign." The supposed affairs are detailed in the Enquirer's most recent print issue.

Though unconfirmed, the rumor sparked chatter across social media Friday with the hashtag #CruzSexScandal. People on Twitter were skeptical at best, scathing at worst.

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I think I'm going to enjoy this Trend. And it couldn't happen to a more deserving guy. #CruzSexScandal
National Enquirer Now Legit, According to Pulitzer Prize Board https://t.co/WRzLBfOYui #CruzSexScandal
1) angry denial. 2) a counter against media. 3) the 'shame on you' attack. 4) admittance. 5) forgiveness by the grace of god #cruzsexscandal
Rubio's people knew about #CruzSexScandal and were referring to it as "the thing." https://t.co/Ij3P6x36Qr
Hard to argue a National Enquirer headline. Because they always turn out to be true. #TedCruzSexScandal https://t.co/iC2ImKdQtL
#CruzSexScandal ......well he did win Utah.
People who use #MrTinyHands as a role model are prone to lying, smearing, and conspiracy theories. No wonder they love #cruzsexscandal
People asking why MSM isn't picking up on the #CruzSexScandal. Because the source is The National Inquirer. Give it time.
If there's anything that makes me wish for the existence of mind bleach, it's the idea of a #CruzSexScandal
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Many flooded Twitter with jokes, because sometimes only memes can help to make sense of supposed spilt tea. Some users posted pictures of Clorox bleach to metaphorically erase the mental image from their minds. Wrote one user, "That moment when you realize Ted's getting more action [than] you!"

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★★Poor Ted's wife. She trusTED but then he cheaTED and now he's busTED and his campaign is Toast. #CruzSexScandal https://t.co/5HUW0lzMh0
When @realDonaldTrump sees #CruzSexScandal trending on twitter this morning. https://t.co/KkrAXe3g2u
#CruzSexScandal That moment when you realize Ted's getting more action then you! https://t.co/3Sa9hb3FQZ
Local startup offices are opening with a 2 hour delay so that we can all tweet about #cruzsexscandal
*Logs on Twitter* *Sees #CruzSexScandal* https://t.co/s1QkeSdHN5
Stop acting like a #CruzSexScandal is shocking. What lady wouldn't want some of this? https://t.co/SSuZyX1nLy
When you wake up and find out there was a #CruzSexScandal https://t.co/YiH2jGLAQ9
Me seeing #CruzSexScandal is trending this morning. Wow https://t.co/AZvvR4Q1by
#cruzsexscandal ? seriously? eww.... https://t.co/TaIA2KJsda
When Ted Cruz rolls over in bed, grabs his phone & checks his email #CruzSexScandal https://t.co/yhnfnr90kp
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Healthy skepticism and quips aside, the supposed scandal does not come at an ideal time for Cruz, who is the GOP's No. 1 challenger to frontrunner Donald Trump in the polls. The drama also comes amid a tasteless back and forth between the two, which made both candidates' wives a target for their appearances. Specifically, a meme of a side-by-side photos of Heidi Cruz and Melania Trump circulated the web.

Shots have been fired, and if past is prologue, this mess can only get uglier. One thing is certain: Twitter is prepped for a field day.

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