Cruz pulls merch created by controversial street artist

Republican presidential contender Ted CruzTed CruzPoll: Majority of GOP voters wish they chose another presidential nominee Trump attacking immigration issue openly and honestly Election 2016: A choice between Goldfinger and Darth Vader MORE has taken down some promotional items from his online store that were created by a controversial street artist.

The move comes after a recent segment on the liberal news show "The Young Turks" that highlighted some inflammatory tweets from the artist known only as Sabo.

"Ted Cruz is proud of this guy," the show's host, Cenk Uygur, said in the episode.

Sabo's most notable work was a poster of the Texas senator shirtless and covered in tattoos. Cruz has touted the image on the campaign trail in an attempt to show his lighter side.

The conservative artist frequently makes incendiary comments on Twitter, freely using the n-word and attacking the Black Lives Matter movement.

On Tuesday he lashed out at the Cruz campaign for pulling his merchandise and blamed "The Young Turks" episode for their "hit piece" on him.

A spokesperson for the Cruz campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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