While I don’t like using the word “hate” in a literal sense, if I were to make a list of politicians (or people in general) I tend to strongly dislike to the point of approaching hatred – GOP presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz would top that list. In my opinion, he’s a vile sociopath and easily the most dangerous candidate running for president.
That being said, a Washington Post cartoon done in extremely poor taste has forced me to defend the senator’s family – while at the same time teaching him an important lesson as well.
You see, recently Cruz came out with a Christmas video where he used his daughters and Christmas as props to wage a petty political attack on liberals and Hillary Clinton. After all, what better way to prove what a “Christian” you are than to exploit your kids and the Christmas holiday to create a political attack ad.
Well, this then prompted Ann Telnaes, the Washington Post’s editorial cartoonist, to create a cartoon depicting Cruz’s two girls as monkeys on leashes with him dressed as Santa.
In case you didn’t see the cartoon (thankfully it was removed from their website) you can see a screenshot of it here.
I’m sorry, but you should never – in any way – use someone’s children in any sort of attack or mocking of a candidate – or anyone for that matter.
If you want to call out Ted Cruz for using his children as props, that’s more than fair game, because that’s clearly what he did. That’s on him, not his two little girls who were simply doing what they were told.
If you want to bash the vile nature of Cruz, by all means, I’m right there with you. For my money, we can’t bash the deplorable nature of Ted Cruz enough. For him to have used his two girls in an ad to bash another human being and mock millions of others is sickening. Especially using a holiday such as Christmas, one where we’re supposed to come together as people, as the mechanism to mock and belittle others.
However, nothing Cruz did warrants any sort of response where his girls were brought into it – especially insinuating that they’re trained monkeys. As if a five-year-old and a seven-year-old had any idea what they were saying or doing.
This reminded me of a few years ago when several liberal bloggers mocked the name of the adopted grandson of Mitt Romney. Another embarrassing display from people who should be above this sort of inexcusable personal attack.
I cannot in good conscience claim that I fight for a certain set of values while ignoring when someone from “my side” clearly didn’t exemplify them. And while I find it extremely sad that he used his children in this petty attack ad, that still doesn’t make it acceptable to mock his children in any sort of way as a means to call out his lack of ethics.
So please use this as a learning experience, Senator Cruz. Stop using your children to spew garbage about your opposition. I’ll chalk it up to “bad judgement” this time, which is why I wanted to take it upon myself to speak out on this. But if Ted Cruz continues to exploit his own kids and make them repeat garbage talking points as he panders for votes, he needs to absolutely continue to be called out for it – without mocking them in the process.