Kids should be off hands in the political arena, but The Washington Post went there and while what they did is wrong, so was the Texas Senator’s response after the paper published a cartoon of the Republican Presidential candidate with his daughters depicted as monkeys, suggesting he’s using his children as a political tool.
Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes created the cartoon with Cruz wearing a Santa suit with a music box that reads, “Cruz 2016.” Attached to the box which had a crank are two small monkeys in Christmas suits, Liberal America reports.
“I have to admit yesterday when I saw that cartoon — not much ticks me off — but making fun of my girls, that’ll do it,” Cruz told reporters in response after a campaign swing in Oklahoma, according to CNN. “All of us learned in kindergarten — don’t hit little girls. It’s not complicated. Don’t make fun of a 5-year-old girl and a 7-year-old girl.”
“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,” Cruz added. “Don’t mess with my kids, don’t mess with Marco’s kids, don’t mess with Hillary’s kids, 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.”
We’re sure he’s equally outraged at Fox News for suggesting that Hillary’s daughter timed her pregnancy to help her mother’s campaign.
Again, using kids as political footballs is outrageous so we can agree with Cruz on that point.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 22, 2015
Immediately after Ted Cruz ranted about how wrong the Washington Post was for bringing his children into his political campaign, he did the exact same thing and used the cartoon in question to raise money for — his campaign.
Winning Democrats reports:
Cruz accused the “liberal media” of attempting to “attack and destroy” him and his family “by any means necessary,” continuing to say “This is an emergency — all hands on deck. Click here to make an instant, emergency contribution and help me fight back.”
So Cruz used his children again after the Washington Post did to email his supporter list while asking for donations in an “emergency” fundraiser.
Here is Ted Cruz’s family being coached on what to say during his Senate campaign. Warning: This is creepy.
The Washington Post pulled the cartoon from its site on Tuesday.
Regardless, using children is a terrible move – whether you’re the Washington Post or Ted Cruz.
Cruz was so upset over the paper using his children, that he repeated their mistake in order to raise money for his campaign.
Image: Wikimedia Commons.