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If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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Ted Cruz and his daughters, Caroline and Catherine, in an outtake for a presumed ad.

Ted Cruz, a leading presidential candidate, released a new Christmas-themed ad — a light hearted riff on familiar themes, in which he tweaked words from a well-known holiday story to fit his campaign platform. He appeared as himself, alongside his wife and his two young daughters, who dutifully recited lines that had been scripted to further their father’s agenda.

What’s a satirist to do?

Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Ann Telnaes decided not to focus on the candidate’s message, but the manner in which it was pitched — namely, the fact that Cruz used his children as mouthpieces for his campaign.

There wasn’t any mistaking her intent, either. The headline for the cartoon, which featured Cruz’s daughters as monkeys on a leash being controlled by a Santa-clad Cruz turning an organ grinder, laid it out: “Ted Cruz Uses His Kids As Political Props.” And she explained her feelings further, in a tweet:

Ted Cruz has put his children in a political ad- don’t start screaming when editorial cartoonists draw them as well. https://t.co/7hafBacOiK

— Ann Telnaes (@AnnTelnaes) December 22, 2015

She also made her case in a note that ran alongside the cartoon in the Washington Post:

“[T]here is an unspoken rule in editorial cartooning that a politician’s children are off-limits. … But when a politician uses his children as political props, as Ted Cruz recently did in his Christmas parody video in which his eldest daughter Caroline read (with her father’s dramatic flourish) a passage of an edited Christmas classic, then I figure they are fair game.”

Yet the cartoon was pulled.

The editor who pulled the it, Fred Hiatt, said he didn’t agree with Telnaes and hadn’t viewed the cartoon before it was posted. Hiatt echoed Telnaes’s original disclaimer, saying in the editor’s note that has supplanted the cartoon on the Post’s site: “It’s generally been the policy of our editorial section to leave children out of it.” However, he said that he did not agree with her that an exception to that practice was warranted in the case of Cruz and his daughters. 

Jeff Danziger, a political cartoonist and acquaintance of Telnaes, sided with her. “I think she’s right,” Danziger said in an email. “If [Cruz] uses his daughters to get votes, he’s the one putting them on the stage.” (Danziger’s work appears in The National Memo.)

So assuming Cruz’s actions were deserving of editorial comment in cartoon form, would there have been a more appropriate way to go about it? Perhaps the problem was a lack of context. Readers didn’t necessarily need to be familiar with the ad that Telnaes was referencing, which had been released three days earlier, on Dec. 19, although of course that would have helped.

It’s possible there was a broader satirical target than simply Cruz and his daughters. After all, candidates’ family members have often appeared in campaign materials: Whether it’s pictures of Hillary Clinton holding her infant granddaughter, Charlotte, or the McCain, Palin, and Romney progenitors gamely posing for group photos, children and families humanize the candidates and drive home campaign messages by putting a memorable face on abstract talking points about “safety,” “family,” and “the future.”

But the degree to which Cruz has been using his children – and his dad, and his mom, and his aunt – is worth noting. Buzzfeed recently unearthed footage posted by Cruz’s campaign for Senate that was culled from 16-hour videos of him interacting with his family, but it’s clear from the videos that these aren’t surreptitiously filmed get-togethers or spontaneous hangouts. They play eerily as though Cruz had sat down with his mom and dad, prompting them to sing the praises of their wonderfully competent son. 

Does anyone really think Telnaes was attacking Cruz’s children, rather than Cruz himself?

The cartoon’s depiction of the girls as monkeys was clearly an attempt to draw them in a stock role as a beggar’s pawns; it seems highly disingenuous to advance the argument that Telnaes was in any way criticizing the girls’ looks or character, which would, of course, be an ugly and reprehensible thing to do.

Telnaes criticized their father for using them in such a grossly crass way, trying to score political points by playing cute. And now, ironically — since the cartoon caricatured Cruz as a panhandler — by pulling the ad, the Washington Post has given the Texas senator a whole new excuse to ask for more money and more ammunition to use in his screeds about how the “mainstream,” “liberal” media treats him unfairly. Cruz is still grinding that organ, and getting his daughters to dance.

Photo: Ted Cruz’s daughters spend their childhood repeating campaign slogans. Screenshot via Ted Cruz for Senate/YouTube

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80 Comments

  1. Jinmichigan December 24, 2015

    The mistake was giving cruz the opportunity to play the victim. Of course he’s going to take it. That’s what craven political types do. And cruz is nothing if not a craven politician as well as a Christian, and we all know what victims they are. (War on Christmas, anyone?)

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    1. latebloomingrandma December 24, 2015

      Cruz displays few, if any, qualities of an actual Christian.

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  2. Phil Christensen December 24, 2015

    Ted Cruz definitely opens himself up for mockery. However, this article fails to make the case for depicting innocent minors as beasts attached to leashes. Granted, there is no requirement for class and decorum with respect to free speech, and clearly there is none on display at WaPo.

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  3. rednekokie December 24, 2015

    Teddy, the Canadian Cruz, is proving to be more of a jackass in his presidential run than he exhibited during his so-called “senatorial” position, and that was a lot!
    He continues to make a mockery out of our political system, and continues to whine every time someone calls him on it.
    Man up, Teddy, or go back to Canada where you belong.

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    1. itsfun December 24, 2015

      birther??

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      1. ResqDogz December 24, 2015

        At least those “birther” intimations have solid foundation… unlike your “trump-eter”!

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        1. itsfun December 25, 2015

          What does Trump have to do with this?

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          1. Daniel Jones December 25, 2015

            Donald J. Trump is one of the most persistent, most fact-averse Birthers of all time, and the most visible, end stop.

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          2. itsfun December 26, 2015

            So its okay to question the birth right of Ted Cruz, but not of Obama?

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    2. plc97477 December 24, 2015

      Canada doesn’t want him back. If we tried to send him back we could find ourselves at war with Canada.

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      1. dtgraham December 24, 2015

        It might be fitting if he came “home.” He would probably end up as insurance salesman Ted. His law degree would be worthless as the legal system is completely different. As far as his political beliefs, even the Canadian Conservative party would be saying, “are you kidding me?”

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  4. Grannysmovin December 24, 2015

    I agree if he uses his children as political props he should be mocked – but not his children. I just feel children should be hands off and especially to be depicted in a demeaning manner. However, what is more disgusting is a father fundraising on the backs of his children’s hurt feelings and off of Christmas.

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    1. nana4gj December 24, 2015

      The point could have been made without depicting the children as monkeys, just as innocent little girls. Otherwise, the cartoon was spot on. Unlike Cruz, I did not like it one bit when Obama’s family was caricatured, not because he put them out there as political fodder, but, because they were black. Cruz and every Republican, even when it was done by party officials across the states, were totally silent. When forced to respond to public outrage, they apologized, IF they had offended anyone because, well, it was “just a joke”. Chelsea Clinton, protected from public by her parents, was ridiculed and criticized on her looks, when she was an adolescent. Neither set of parents went ballistic and made political hay out of it. They seized the incidents to teach their children about the vagrancies of the human condition and how to rise above it and how to define oneself, not from boorish people, but from within. That is a concerned and responsible parent. It’s called, Parenting, even though the parent may be a politician. Also, it’s evident that the parent may even be a more responsible and better “politician”, at least an authentic one.

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      1. latebloomingrandma December 24, 2015

        When Chelsea was an adolescent, John McCain made a horrible, degrading joke about her. She had the last laugh. I think she turned into a lovely swan.

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        1. nana4gj December 24, 2015

          And, then, unfortunately, the tables turned, indirectly at him, but directly on to the little girl he and his wife adopted, by some political opponents in his own Party. Children should be off limits, fathers of their own children should not engage in attacking other’s children, nor should they put them out there as deliberately as Cruz did, using them to tell his political storytelling, and, literally, putting his political spiel in their mouths to repeat after him; put it in a video, and spread it around, and not expect criticism….the criticism was on him and how he used his children..

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          1. itsfun December 25, 2015

            Portraying children as monkeys is never acceptable.

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  5. Michael Schore December 24, 2015

    Cruz once again shows what a weak, cowardly politician he is. He puts his kids in a political commercial which makes them fair game. He apparently is unaware of the obscene and disgusting cartoons those on the right have circulated about the entire Obama family. I think not and now he is using his kids once again to raise money from his ignorant backers.

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  6. disqus_QR7ejvoSVU December 24, 2015

    Crazy Ted.

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  7. nana4gj December 24, 2015

    I couldn’t agree more with this opinion. While he thinks he may have won this battle, he has not won the war. He can make political hay and money off this “outrageous” cartoon, but, the day will come when he will be the one to pay.

    Even if their mother allows those daughters and herself to be used in this way, sooner than anyone thinks, those little girls will be teens and then young women and, maybe, mothers of their own children. They will let both parents know what they think of having been used in this way. They will also remember how the rare use of time in storytelling and reading with their father was used to make political hay. When they read the same children’s classics to their own children, because they are beloved in the world of children, they will remember how their father changed the words and the theme to score his political message, put the same words in their mouth, and used the cherished activity of a parent reading books to their children, as a political ad. They will also remember being dragged into the hall of the Senate to sit there and witness his father reading from the well of the Senate another classic, once again, using them for political fodder.

    He will not be making any money or political gain out of that feedback. He will have hell to pay when those young women tell him exactly what they think of all of it.
    As parents, we make enough unintended mistakes with our children as we face their feedback when they are emancipated, small ones and big ones. No parent is perfect. But this kind of abuse, and it is abuse, is intended and done in the glare of the public eye. No child appreciates being used in this way in privacy and they certainly will not find it clever or amusing when they are older and can understand exactly what was going on and why.

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  8. itsfun December 24, 2015

    Every politician has pictures of his/her family. How many times have you seen Hillary’s daughter in a picture with her. I wonder how people would feel if a picture of Obama with his daughters portrayed as monkeys was put in the newspaper.

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    1. charleo1 December 24, 2015

      If Obama trotted his girls out and used them as mouthpieces for a political ad, which he never did, then you tell me. The problem with this year’s GOP political scene, is they evidently have no boundaries. Nothing they won’t say, nowhere where they say, that would be too crass, too base, too insulting, too apt to be construed as xenophobic, or racist, or beneath a candidate running for the highest office of the greatest country in the World. This is their problem, and Cruz’s hypocrisy in his faux indigence.

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      1. Irishgrammy December 24, 2015

        Exactly charleo1….I would be a millionaire and got a dollar for every time the President and his wife have been depicted in blatant racial “cartoons” or actual racially veiled and overt comments made by pundits and right wing politicians alike. Cruz’s total lack of self-awareness and making an obviously stupid choice only shows in the extreme how clouded his judgment is by his utter lust for power!

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        1. itsfun December 25, 2015

          The president and his wife are adults and knew they would be targets. The children are not adults and should not be target of despicable behavior. No one should be excused of this type of behavior. This is not Republican or Democrat issue, it is just common decency to not attack children.

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          1. Irishgrammy December 25, 2015

            The President NEVER used his children in ANY political ad, let alone an stupid attack ad with the oldest Cruz child given negative scripted dialogue being made!!! I agree children of politicians should never be the objects of negative attacks, however, as we all know the Obama girls HAVE been attacked by the far right idiots as well as Mrs. Obama and even the right wing politicians have attacked her in the worst ways imaginable!!! As for Cruz, he and his wife showed extremely poor judgment in the video they made by using their children, and what happened, happened….. as the editorial cartoonist said, Cruz put his daughters out there in an obvious political hack job, and as they say, Cruz put the “bullet” in the gun and the political cartoonist pulled the “trigger”. Maybe Cruz and his wife have learned something from this incident………maybe. And by the way, this isn’t about the President, it’s solely about Ted Cruz, and his poor choice, which I might add he is now trying to cash in on with his “devoted” base…..!!! AM not sure which is more contemptible…..the initial stupid choice to make this ad or the cashing in part because it was criticized in an inappropriate manner!!

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          2. itsfun December 25, 2015

            I never said Obama used his children in any commercials. I said attacking children is despicable behavior. If you condone this kind of behavior I feel bad for you. It is not acceptable for Republicans or Democrats or Independents or anyone else to attack children.

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          3. Irishgrammy December 28, 2015

            ARE YOU KIDDING…….???!!! A political ad expressing what is the close and loving relationship between a father and his daughters by the candidate who was not well known at that time and what Ted Cruz did USING his daughter’s in a NEGATIVE, CONTRIVED ATTACK AD and ACTUALLY GIVING THE OLDEST NASTY DIALOGUE TO REPEAT is in NO WAY any kind of a equitable comparison in the least!!! But in your world where hatred and bigotry reign supreme, I guess you can cook up anything to throw on the wall and see what sticks….what you are giving a link to IS NOT AN ATTACK AD and in NO WAY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCE BE COMPARED TO WHAT TED CRUZ DID with deliberate malicious intent and he purposely used his children to do it!!! PERIOD!!!! There is absolutely no fault by the girls and they should not have been ridiculed by The Washington Post ever, but I DO HOLD Ted Cruz and his wife completely responsible for their poor choice and the resulting furor. BUT, predictably, again, an attempted contrived low blow by you Otto in a ridiculous false comparison…..

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          4. Otto Greif December 28, 2015

            You said Obama “NEVER used his children in ANY political ad”, which is wrong.

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      2. Otto Greif December 27, 2015

        Obama used his daughters in political ads.

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        1. Charles van Rotterdam December 27, 2015

          Otto, you’re a nutter; that ad is about how much Obama loves his daughters; fine it’s political in the sense that it shows Obama as a family man which is good politics. He did not use his daughters as mouthpieces for his RW political agenda that way Cruz did.
          In this country, while politicians do have their children on stage when they are elected, any politician that used their children in the way Cruz did would instantly become unelectable.

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          1. Otto Greif December 27, 2015

            You’re splitting hairs in order to justify your hypocrisy.

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          2. Charles van Rotterdam December 27, 2015

            Otto, if you can’t see the difference between the two then I could sell you the Bingal Creek Bridge (3metre footbridge) and advertise it as the Golden Gate and you’d buy it

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          3. Otto Greif December 27, 2015

            It’s not a significant difference.

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          4. charleo1 December 28, 2015

            When all else fails Otto, deny, deny deny….This Obama ad from the first campaign was touting Obama as a dedicated Father, and family man who dotes on his children. Which by all indication is exactly true. You know like most Fathers might identify with. Like your wife may have hoped… No, I’m kidding!,… But be honest.

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    2. ResqDogz December 24, 2015

      What planet are YOU living on???

      Tell me you’ve NOT seen nor heard the abhorrent ridicule and shameful character assassinations the entire First Family has been subjected to by despicable factions wthin the Repugnican part, their troglodyte acolytes, and reprehensible Faux News organizations and pundits – who pose FAR greater risks to our society than ANY “foreign terrorist”???

      And Clinton’s “daughter” is an adult who can stand on her own merits and fend for herself in the political arena… much as Bush’s crapulous daughters had to (though Chelsea has yet to exhibit anything approaching their humiliating antics)…

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      1. itsfun December 25, 2015

        First Chelsea was not a adult when Bill Clinton was in office. I personally did not see the Obama children ridiculed. Any one or any publication that did was completely out of line and that kind of behavior is disgraceful and should not be tolerated by anyone.

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        1. JPHALL December 25, 2015

          You should try Aol.com or many other sites that tolerate right winger stupidity!

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          1. itsfun December 25, 2015

            If you approve of attacking children, maybe you should be a “journalist”

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          2. JPHALL December 27, 2015

            At least I will not be a loser like you! By the way, if you use your children to deliver a political message, they become fair game. Unlike Obama, whose did not use his kids, yet whose family you right wingers have attacked merciless since he was elected.
            Subject: Re: Comment on If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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          3. itsfun December 27, 2015

            If you believe in attacking children, you are the loser. I have seen no one attack his children. Michelle has been attacked for things like her miserable lunch menu for children, and believing she should be paid for being the first lady. I still haven’t figured out when she was elected for anything.

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          4. JPHALL December 27, 2015

            You are such a joke! You insist on making yourself look like a total idiot for your ideology. Such a loser!
            Subject: Re: Comment on If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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          5. itsfun December 27, 2015

            Any adult that supports attacking children like you do is the loser and a poor excuse for a human.

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          6. JPHALL December 27, 2015

            As the saying goes, “What goes around, comes around”. Like I said, when you choose to use your children as a political tool, they become legitimate political targets like you. Get lost loser! When you become a real man who can discuss things intelligently not ideologically return.
            Subject: Re: Comment on If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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          7. itsfun December 27, 2015

            After reading how you believe in attacking children, I have to wonder how many time you have been arrested for child abuse.

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          8. JPHALL December 27, 2015

            UNLIKE YOU I HAVE LITTLE OR NO INTEREST IN CHILDREN SINCE I RETIRED AS A TEACHER! I GUESS THAT EXPLAINS YOUR OBSESSION WITH THIS SUBJECT. PEDOPHILE AND IDEOLOGUE. SO SAD!
            Subject: Re: Comment on If Ted Cruz Is Going To Use His Daughters As Props, He Should Be Mocked For It

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          9. itsfun December 28, 2015

            You’re the one that believes in attacking children

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          10. Cloudherder December 28, 2015

            Can you be any more despicable itsfun? No, I doubt it. I happen to agree that the kids should be left out of it, no matter what the father makes them do. It isn’t the child’s fault. But itsfun, you seem to lack the ability to discuss the matter like a grown-up. Maybe you aren’t.

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          11. itsfun December 28, 2015

            I am not the one that says its okay to attack children. Maybe you should save your name calling for the ones that believe its okay.

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  9. charleo1 December 24, 2015

    Perhaps, if Cruz is so upset, he could ask his butt buddy, and soulmate Trump to take out the offending cartoonists at the WaPo, in a Charlie Hebdo like attack for their sacrilege? Tell me both their poll numbers wouldn’t go thru the roof!

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    1. Robert Hodge December 24, 2015

      Thats so sad at how true that probably is…..

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  10. Irishgrammy December 24, 2015

    I saw this ad in its entirety yesterday, and was thoroughly disgusted that this demagogue used his daughters in an insulting lie based political hack job! What was exceptionally despicable was Cruz using one of the children using dialogue to attack Hillary Clinton’s Email issue which was a highly inappropriate choice by Cruz and for that matter his wife for allowing it. Am not surprised by Cruz’s poor choice, there is no doubt in my mind he will do ANYTHING, SAY ANYTHING in his quest for power, but I must say it certainly gives a view as to what kind of woman he is married to by letting this play out by using his young daughters in a vile political ad….. Ted Cruz’s faux outrage and his subsequently almost immediate attempt to illicit money off the silly cartoon from the Washington Post that “hurt” his precious feelings, was just as contemptible as the initial decision by Cruz to make his stupid ad!!!

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    1. jamcrky December 24, 2015

      Right on Irishgrammy I could not have said better me self

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  11. Joseph Leslie December 24, 2015

    One thing you have to realize about Ted Cruz is that he will do anything to get elected. He’s like the Nixon staffer who said he “would walk over his Grandmother” to serve the wishes of “Tricky Dick Nixon”! Cruz evidently has the same corrupted DNA! Here’s hoping that he gets a vacation at the Guantanamo resort, complete with waterboarding!

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  12. ResqDogz December 24, 2015

    Cruz himself opened this Pandora’s box: He had no qualms about using his children to ridicule and highlight Clinton’s email imbroglio – and this cartoonist most definitely was NOT mocking his children, but the buffoon himself!
    There simply WAS no “personal attack” here – but mere chiding for a foolish, ill-thought exploitation by the candidate himself…

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  13. @HawaiianTater December 25, 2015

    Ted Cruz

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  14. FT66 December 25, 2015

    A warning for Cruz: Stop playing with fire. You are disgusting. Cruz has come out with his own cartoon of Hillary holding two dogs and the two dogs are Washingtopost and New York Times and called them two lapdogs of Hillary. Has Hillary attacked you? Why then go after her? Cruz, we will go after you and those you put in the game until you raise your hands up. That I can promise you.

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  15. Lisa Gunther December 27, 2015

    I have never understood why certain politicians use their kids in their campaigns. It says nothing about how they will govern. I think it was their way of saying, “look, my penis works.” Either that or “I am going to screw you too.” Cruz reminds me of a used car salesman who will say anything to get you to buy a car that he knows is a big old POS.

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    1. Cloudherder December 28, 2015

      THAT is spot on! He does remind me of a sleazy used car salesman as well now that you mention it. You win half an Internet !

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  16. George C Saufley December 27, 2015

    My psychology processor in college was right on. Politics is an “amoral ” stretch to get votes.

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  17. Bren Frowick December 27, 2015

    Cruz is obviously a sociopath for who the world and everyone in exist only to further his own overweening ambitions. A despicable excuse for a human being.

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  18. imavettoo December 27, 2015

    As always IOKIYAR!

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  19. Steven Schraeder December 27, 2015

    Ted Cruz is a dick. It is shameful that he used his daughters as props in a political ad. He could have made same point with actors playing father and daughters. But, he gotta feed his ego. That being said, it is never appropriate to target kids of celebs, pols, athletes, no matter how you feel about their parents. And a lame cop out for writer or cartoonist to use kids in a response, and say “well he used them.” 2 WRONGS DO NOT MAKE A RIGHT.

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  20. greenlantern1 December 27, 2015

    Didn’t Nixon use Checkers?
    SAME PARTY!

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  21. Otto Greif December 27, 2015

    What you’re saying is there is nothing wrong with comparing Michelle Obama to a wookie.

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  22. baldeagl December 27, 2015

    For all you bozos claiming that only GOP use their children in ads.

    http://thefederalist.com/2015/12/23/10-stupidest-things-about-the-posts-cartoon-portraying-cruzs-children-as-monkeys/

    Hillary just used her grandchild in an ad that was roundly criticized by Hispanics as “Hispandering”.

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  23. David December 27, 2015

    What if the newspaper had shown Obamas’ girls as chimpanzees? The roar would have been deafening.

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    1. Polana December 27, 2015

      “If politician found he had cannibals among his constituents, he would promise them missionaries for dinner” H L Mencken.
      Cruzee did just that. OMG what some people will do to win.

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      1. David December 27, 2015

        Just like our friends, the “Demorats”. “If you like your doctor…”

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        1. Cloudherder December 28, 2015

          Stick to the topic, if you can. I happen to agree with you about if Obama’s children had been portrayed as monkeys the left would be furious (me as an independant would be as well) I think it is just wrong to pick on the kids, no matter what their father made them do. No No No.

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  24. Milquetoast December 27, 2015

    DO NOT ATTACK HIS DAUGHTERS!
    THEY ARE TALENTED!
    If Obama had used his Daughters in a similar way,
    this media would be F A W N I N G over them!

    Leave this Family alone, hippie vultures!

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    1. Eden Keel December 27, 2015

      yuk yuk blah blah rightie poooopie cruz is a duce bog

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    2. RobertCHastings December 27, 2015

      The Obama girls will not be used in such a fashion because at least our current President has enough class to not drag his daughters through the muck of politics, something Cruz has yet to learn. If you expose a week point or a vulnerability to attack, it will be attacked.

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      1. joeyb December 30, 2015

        LIAR

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        1. RobertCHastings January 5, 2016

          Has Obama used his daughters in ANY political ads in such a manner as Cruz has used his? This is the ONLY point on which I might be considered to be lying. The issue about exposing a weak point to attack is a political truth that has been familiar to all of us since we began watching political affairs. Senator Cruz, in his political ad, used his daughters as props and for the purpose of advancing his own statements. Obama has never done this. If I am a liar, then provide the evidence to prove it so, otherwise you must admit that you yourself are a liar (or a coward).

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    3. joeyb December 30, 2015

      Obama DID use his family, daughters included, in campaigning. & why weren’t they pictured as monkeys? Or how about as sluts for the way they dress & the older acts????

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  25. Milquetoast December 27, 2015

    HIPPIE GODDAMNED VULTURES!

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  26. RobertCHastings December 27, 2015

    In effect, as active participants in the ad, Cruz’s children were endorsing their father’s candidacy (to be expected) AND his agenda (NOT to be expected, or condoned). ANY spokesperson for the candidacy and agenda of ANY political candidate can (and should) expect to become the butt of jokes directed toward the individual they support. Bristol Palin received her due share of criticism because she and her mother vocally supported abstinence as the ONLY acceptable method of birth control, and we all know how THAT turned out. John F. Kennedy NEVER had his children speaking in support of his agenda, although they frequently appeared in pictures of the First Family and, until the entered politics on their own, never came under fire from the press. Reagan and Cheney offspring were never ridiculed until they began to make political statements on their own. George W. Bush’s two daughters became the butt of many jokes when their Secret Service officers had to escort the two drunk girls back to their dorm rooms (illustrating THAT First Family’s LACK of parental guidance and control).

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    1. YourMonarch December 28, 2015

      “..parental guidance and control..”? Their dad is a convicted war criminal in Malaysia

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  27. joeham1 December 28, 2015

    As usual the memo gets it wrong. The young children of a politician should absolutely be off limits. Those little girls have nothing to do with his career or campaign. They are his children and that’s it. Anyone who believes they are “fair game” are sick in the head! Hate him or call Cruz names as is normal for the far left, but his innocent children should not be part of the sick attack.

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