The initial drawing by Post cartoonist Ann Telnaes, pictured below, lampooned Cruz for featuring his two young daughters in a campaign ad by showing the Cruz girls as trained monkeys. His campaign lashed out, launching an “emergency” fundraising effort that used the ad to fundraise against the “desperate” “liberal media.”
In a fundraising email obtained by NBC, Cruz wrote, “My daughters are not FAIR GAME. I’m sickened.”
The fundraising campaign aimed to raise $1 million in 24 hours in response to the cartoon, according to NBC.
Telnaes’ cartoon has since been pulled and replaced with an editor’s note explaining that the paper's editorial section's policy is to "leave children out of it."