Just ahead of the holidays, Republican presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas has released an ad in which he reads Christmas stories -- entitled "How Obamacare Stole Christmas" and "Rudolph The Underemployed Reindeer” -- to his two young daughters.
Cruz was subsequently skewered by The Washington Post’s Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes, who drew Cruz in a Santa Claus suit as an organ grinder and his daughters as dancing monkeys.
The Washington Post has since retracted the cartoon, and Telnaes’ tweet with the illustration was deleted.
“It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it,” editor Fred Hiatt wrote in place of the cartoon on The Washington Post website. “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.”
Cruz also protested to the cartoon on Twitter.
“Classy. [The Washington Post] makes fun of my girls. Stick w/ attacking me -- Caroline & Catherine are out of your league,” he tweeted, along with a link to Telnaes’ since-deleted cartoon.
Though Telnaes tweeted that she plans to write something about the incident, she didn’t delete her Dec. 22 tweet, which reads: “Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad -- don't start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well,” along with a link to his ad.