The Washington Post retracted a cartoon illustrating GOP presidential candidate Ted Cruz using his children as “political props” on Tuesday, after it received backlash for depicting Cruz’s daughters as monkeys.
Cruz criticized the cartoon on Twitter, saying that the Washington Post should stick to attacking him because his daughters, 7-year-old Caroline and 4-year-old Catherine, “are out of your league.”
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 22, 2015
The cartoon was made by Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist Ann Telnaes, who took to Twitter to defend her work, insisting that because Cruz “has put his children in a political ad,” the public should not “start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well.”
Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well. https://t.co/7hafBacOiK
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) December 22, 2015
The cartoon, which was titled “Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props,” was replaced with a note from Fred Hiatt, the Post’s editorial page editor:
[pull_quote_center]It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it. I failed to look at this cartoon before it was published. I understand why Ann thought an exception to the policy was warranted in this case, but I do not agree.[/pull_quote_center]
Cruz received support from GOP rivals such as Marco Rubio, who called the cartoon “disgusting.”
Wash Post cartoon featuring @tedcruz’s children is disgusting. The Post saying the kids are “fair game” is even worse.
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) December 23, 2015
Donald Trump also chimed in, calling the cartoon “nasty” and referring to the Washington Post as “the lobbyist (power) for not imposing taxes on Amazon.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 23, 2015
NBC reported that Cruz launched an “emergency” appeal in an email seeking to raise $1 million in 24 hours in response to the cartoon, claiming that “the liberal media is desperate.”
Cruz reportedly wrote that he was “sickened” by the cartoon, and said he knew he would be facing attacks, but he “never expected anything like this.”
[pull_quote_center]It used to be for a long time the rules across the board that kids are off limits. That should be the rules. Don’t mess with our kids. Don’t mess with my kids. Don’t mess with Marco’s kids. Don’t mess with Hillary’s kid. Don’t mess with anybody’s kids. Leave kids alone. And if the media wants to attack and ridicule every Republican, well that’s what they’re gonna do. But leave our kids alone.[/pull_quote_center]
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