Ted Cruz's Facebook live broadcast goes hilariously awry

Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-Texas) team sure knows how to botch a Facebook Live broadcast.

The lawmaker’s live chat with radio host Mark Davis went viral Friday, but for all the wrong reasons — after an unidentified staffer who was filming the encounter on a smartphone suffered some, well, “technical problems” midway through.

See what happened from the 9 minute 40 mark below:

Cruz, whose seat is being challenged by the social media-savvy Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke, admitted his team “may not win IT department of the year” as he repeatedly urged the smartphone-operator not to remove their hand from over the camera’s lens.

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DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) shakes hands with Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) prior to the start of a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) makes a statement during a debate with Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz and Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O'Rourke in their first debate for Texas U.S. Senate in McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Nathan Hunsinger-Pool/Getty Images)
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) makes a point as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits his turn during a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)
Michelle Smith and Kelly Canon take a selfie with others prior to the start of a debate between Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2018. Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool via REUTERS NO RESALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.
DALLAS, TX - SEPTEMBER 21: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) makes his final remarks as Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) listens during a debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU on September 21, 2018 in Dallas, Texas. (Photo by Tom Fox-Pool/Getty Images)
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) makes a point during a debate with Sen. Ted Cruz (not shown) at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2018. Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool via REUTERS NO RESALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.
People cheer as Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) debate at McFarlin Auditorium at SMU in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2018. Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool via REUTERS NO RESALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) makes a point as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) waits his turn during a debate for Texas U.S. Senate seat at the Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, U.S., September 21, 2018. Tom Fox/The Dallas Morning News/Pool via REUTERS NO RESALES. MANDATORY CREDIT.
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Footage of the broadcast inevitably trended on Twitter, drawing the attention of people including former porn star Stormy Daniels’ lawyer Michael Avenatti:

  • This article originally appeared on HuffPost.
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