The Washington Post has removed an editorial animation from its website late Tuesday that depicted Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s young daughters as trained monkeys. As of midnight Wednesday, the webpage where the cartoon by Ann Telnaes had been shown was replaced by a note from the Post’s editorial page editor, Fred Hiatt. The animation by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes sparked immediate controversy and was later taken down by the Post. “It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it,” Hiatt wrote. “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.”
Those who live in glass houses
According to the Politico, the cartoon was drawn ostensibly in response to an ad Cruz released called “Ted Cruz’s Christmas classics” that featured him reading politically related Christmas stories to his daughters. “Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad, don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well,” Telnaes tweeted earlier Tuesday.
Earlier Tuesday, the Texas senator criticized the Post on Twitter over the cartoon, which depicted him as an organ grinder dressed in a Santa Claus costume while two similarly-clad monkeys danced on leashes in front of him. The cartoon was captioned, “Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props.” Cruz was backed in his criticism by Republican rival and fellow Senator Marco Rubio, himself a father of four.
Cruz is raising fund to fight back
As a result of the recent development, NBC news said that Senator Ted Cruz launched an “emergency” appeal seeking to raise $1 million in 24 hours in response to a Washington Post online editorial cartoon depicting his two young daughters as dancing monkeys. The Republican presidential candidate also criticized the paper for its “tasteless attack” on his children. “My daughters are not FAIR GAME,” he wrote in a fundraising email sent late Tuesday. Cruz accused the “liberal media” of attempting to “attack and destroy me (and my family) by any means necessary.” “This is an emergency — all hands on deck,” his fundraising letter added. “Click here to make an instant, emergency contribution and help me fight back.”