Ted Cruz strongly reacts after Washington Post mocked his daughters

December 23, 2015
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A Washington Post online editorial cartoon produced quite a fuss these days between the newspaper and Republican Presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The cartoon illustrated Cruz’s two young daughters as dancing monkeys, says NBC News, and this aspect infuriated the GOP candidate.

The Republican was expecting such attacks

Ted Cruz’s response is to seek to raise $1 million in just 24 hours. The email sent Tuesday night for the fundraiser explained Cruz’s feelings about the article. “My daughters are not FAIR GAME. I’m sickened … I knew I’d be facing attacks from day one of my campaign, but I never expected anything like this.”, wrote the Republican candidate, according to the same source. Ted Cruz called Washington Post’s cartoon a “tasteless attack” on his children.

“This is an emergency — all hands on deck. Click here to make an instant, emergency contribution and help me fight back.”, the email added. It may be too early, but we can predict a war with the media as Cruz said that the “liberal media” has made a plan to “attack and destroy me (and my family) by any means necessary.”

Washington Post’s animation wasn’t created by just anyone. Ann Telnaes, Pulitzer Prize-winning, put her name on the cartoon that showed Ted Cruz in a Santa costum with an organ-grinder and daughters Catherine, 4, and Caroline, 7, as monkeys, claims NBC News. The Post quickly removed the animation after it started to draw too much negative attention.

Cruz, accused of using his children as political props

Telnaes also posted a tweet showing the image on Tuesday, which stated that “Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props.”. but that also was later deleted. “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.”, said editorial page editor Fred Hiatt. He also stated that the newspaper’s policy is not to engage little children in the Post’s editorials.

Telnaes’ idea had a starting point in an add posted a few days ealier. Cruz’s campaign released a parody that showed him reading Christmas stories to his daughters, stories with titles such as “How Obamacare Stole Christmas” and “Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer.” That ad aired during the most recent episode “Saturday Night Live.” Telnaes twitted about it and claimed that no differences should be made between her parody and the one used by Ted Cruz in his campaign.

Closer and closer to Donald Trump

Cruz should get used to any kind of tease as he is now, according to a new Quinnipiac national poll, second in lead in the GOP nomination race, with 24 percent, just after Donald Trump, with 28 percent. Last weekend, Cruz’s wife, Heidi, and the couple’ daughters joined him for a weekend trip through the South.

While their father shook hands, his two daughters stood on stage and waved to the crowd, says NBC News. Cruz will spend Wednesday on the final day of an eight-state, 12-city “Christmas Tour.”, confirms the same source.

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