Sen. Ted Cruz blasted the Washington Post and launched a fundraising appeal in response to an online editorial cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning cartoonist Ann Telnaes depicting his two young daughters as dancing monkeys, NBC News reported.
"My daughters are not FAIR GAME," the Republican presidential candidate wrote in an email late Tuesday, seeking to raise $1 million in 24 hours. "I'm sickened...I knew I'd be facing attacks from day one of my campaign, but I never expected anything like this."
Cruz accused the "liberal media" of trying to attack and destroy him as well as his family and said in the email, "This is an emergency — all hands on deck. Click here to make an instant, emergency contribution and help me fight back."
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The cartoon, which portrayed Cruz as a Santa suit-clad organ grinder, and his two daughters as dancing monkeys, was removed with an editor's note explaining it's the newspaper's policy to leave children out.
Telnaes was unapologetic, posting a link on Twitter to a parody campaign ad released by Cruz's campaign which showed him reading Christmas stories to his daughters with titles such as "How Obamacare Stole Christmas" and "Rudolph the Underemployed Reindeer."