Of course. If the cartoonist is a member of the elite (Pulitzer Ann Telnaes) and the politician represents the dying middle and working classes (Ted Cruz), it is one privilege of her noble status.
As I noted elsewhere,
MSM cartoonist Ann Telnaes has been taking some heat for honestly expressing the widespread elite view that the kids of anyone who opposes the progressive agenda (in this case Canadian-born US politician Ted Cruz) must be like monkeys.
The usual disgusting round of “apologies” (snicker, snicker) have followed from the Washington Post, whose Top People may well think that the kids ought to have been portrayed as vermin instead.
Reality check: In such cases, the “apology” is in reality a graver offense than the insult. The offerer is not sorry for anything except that political correctness has not progressed to the point where Cruz’s kids can could safely be portrayed as vermin, but opponents’ children as poster kids or else not at all.
See also: Understanding the laws of social justice warriors