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Tweeting McCain compares Ahmadinejad to monkey



US Sen. John McCain : Just joking AP/MATTHIAS SCHRADER

WASHINGTON—Outspoken US Senator John McCain raised eyebrows online Monday when he compared Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey that the Islamic republic recently launched into space.

“So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?” said a message on McCain’s official Twitter feed, followed by the headline and link to a recent story: “Iran launches monkey into space.”

The comments by the 2008 Republican presidential nominee, a strong advocate for tougher sanctions on Tehran for its nuclear program, followed Ahmadinejad’s claim earlier Monday that he is ready “to be the first man in space” under Iran’s ambitious program that aims to send a human being into orbit by 2020.

The slur by McCain, the senator with by far the most Twitter followers, with nearly 1.8 million, elicited swift condemnation on Twitter.

“Wow, way to elevate political discourse,” tweeted @heyitsurban to McCain.

Another user, @manolo_loop, wrote: “@SenJohnMcCain is racism funny?”

About 50 minutes after his original “monkey” tweet, McCain posted a follow-up.

“Re: Iran space tweet – lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?”

The episode was the second off-color attempt at humor by the veteran US senator in as many weeks.

On January 22, he joked at a press conference about the prospect of a Senate colleague being held hostage in Afghanistan, just days after a hostage drama in Algeria left dozens of hostages dead including three Americans.

Minutes later he quipped he was looking forward to interrogating Senator John Kerry in his confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of state, saying US authorities would use “waterboarding to get the truth out of him.”









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  • James Wise

    McCain have just degraded all other monkeys. What an insult.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tronco Cyrus Vincent Lopez Tronco

    Ahmadinejad is like an animal, he is a slave of Khomeni. Much as a domesticated animal is to a human.

  • kilabot

    ahmadinejad is noykapon’s idol. 
    therefore, noykapon is a gay monkey?

  • kabayandinako

    Iran will save a lot of money if they will send Ahmadinehad to space. Monkey is more expensive.



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