What can one say about The Washington Post depicting Ted Cruz’s seven and five year old daughters as monkeys in a political cartoon?
Could you imagine the furor which would have ensued had President Obama’s daughters been depicted as monkeys? The racial connotations alone would have made a front page story for a week. Resignations would have been submitted and editorials chastising conservatives for the coarsening of our political culture would have been the most popular item on the menu.
When you launch a presidential campaign, everything in your life is fair game, and while the ethics of including young children in that scrutiny is questionable, the reality is that the rule cuts both ways. Hours after the cartoon went live, the Cruz campaign sent out a fundraising email that contained the image in full.
If the cartoon was so offensive, why then turn around and not only use it as a tool to gain support from voters, but also republish and mass distribute it? The life of a politician is difficult, and lines will be crossed, but just make sure you’re not crossing the very lines you blast.
Well, there’s a reasonable explanation. Cruz showing the cartoon to his supporters serves as a reminder to them that he is so despised by liberals who cannot counter his arguments with reason that they see fit to depict his children as subhuman. And if Cruz becomes the Republican nominee and/or President, it won’t be the last time his daughters are treated in this manner.
Yes, this episode will certainly help Ted Cruz in Iowa and possibly beyond and for good reason. When it is all said and done, it was Ann Telnaes who saw fit to depict Ted Cruz’s children as monkeys. It was alsoThe Washington Post which chose not to exercise editorial discretion they surely would have exercised if the subject matter concerned President Obama’s daughters. All Ted Cruz did was to shine a light on their dark thoughts.