The Washington Post published a cartoon Tuesday depicting Ted Cruz's two young daughters, Catherine and Caroline, as performing monkeys. After some good old fashioned public shaming for the "classy" mockery of his daughters, the Post pulled it with a half-hearted apology. Now Cruz has offered up his own cartoon.
The image depicts The Washington Post and The New York Times as Hillary Clinton's "lapdogs" out for a walk with their owner. "Seems like a better idea: Hillary and her lapdogs," tweeted Cruz.
As The Daily Wire reported, Ann Telnaes, a Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist, apparently thought Cruz's brilliant "Cruz Christmas Classics" ad, which featured Cruz reading to his 5 and 7 year-old daughters, had crossed some sort of line. Her response: to portray his little daughters as monkeys dressed in matching holiday outfits attached to leashes held by Santa Cruz, who is cranking an old-timey "Cruz 2016" music box.
To promote her classless cartoon, Telnaes tweeted: "Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props":
Ted Cruz uses his kids as political props https://t.co/gKT8Jhjm17pic.twitter.com/GNfoP4batF
— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) December 22, 2015
Cruz smacked the paper for tasteless cartoon, tweeting, "Classy. @washingtonpost makes fun of my girls. Stick w/ attacking me--Caroline & Catherine are out of your league."
Though Telnaes defended her cartoon at length, after the cartoon shaming began to mount online, the Post pulled the "classy" piece late Tuesday evening, with editor Fred Hiatt posted an explanation and partial apology.
"It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it," wrote Hiatt. "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."