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Disgusting: Washington Post Cartoonist Depicts Cruz Children as Toy Monkeys; ‘They Are Fair Game’

Disgusting: Washington Post Cartoonist Depicts Cruz Children as Toy Monkeys; ‘They Are Fair Game’

By Curtis Houck for News Busters

Commenting on Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz’s daughters appearing in a campaign ad on Saturday, Washington Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes created a disgusting GIF early Tuesday evening depicting Cruz’s young daughters as toy monkeys being played with and arguing that “[t]hey are fair game.” 

In attempting to explain her arguably racist GIF, Telnaes argued that because daughters Caroline and Catherine appeared in a humorous Christmas-themed ad, they have decided “to indulge in grown-up activities” and allowed their father to play them “as political props.”

Under other, unspecified circumstances, Telnaes lectured that “[t]here’s an an unspoken rule in editorial cartooning that a politician’s children are off-limits” since “[p]eople don’t get to choose their family members so obviously it’s unfair to ridicule kids for their parent’s behavior while in office or on the campaign trail- besides, they’re children.”

Not long after the cartoon and two-paragraph post was placed on the liberal newspaper’s website, Cruz responded in the following tweet:

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