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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  • jinx

    Why? What is a slight tweet compared to Ahmadinejad’s pronouncement of wiping out one country on the map?

  • XY ZEE

    How many monkeys are needed to launch an Iranian Space satellite? 

    72. Preferably virgins.

  • Shyguy

    It’s true. Ahmadinejad has a wit of a monkey. There’s nothing racial about that!

  • carlcid

    John McCain is nothing but a dirty, grumpy old man who can’t get over the fact that he was rejected by the American public when Obama thrashed him in 2008.

    • Twister12

      What it has to do with his failed attempt to become a president? I think he’s just being himself no pretension unlike our politicians here.

  • Simon Ward

    I don’t think Ahmadinejad merits a “monkey” slur, but he deserves just about every other slur in the book, so I’m going to let this one slide. Besides, McCain’s timing and delivery were impeccable. He saw the chance and he took it.

  • J G

    I guess if calling a white man a monkey is racist now, I’m glad. Because Ahmadinejad is most definitely a white guy.

  • MrRead

    He’s telling the Truth.. Ahmadinejad is the money. The Chinese would have eaten him right then and there.

  • franciskwan

    What’s happening to this guy? It is quite unfortunate that the Republicans seem to not have learned any lessons from the past two decades. Quite unfortunate for the party to which Abraham Lincoln belonged to, the party that was responsible for Social Security is now being represented by irresponsible, gun-loving rednecks whose main message is hatred and intolerance. And he has to put this rotten cherry on the rotten cake for the world to see? Does he really want to see the Republican Party implode into a state of ignominy? Is he really this stupid or unconcerned or is this evidence of the ravages of an aging mind?

    • Twister12

      It’s his own words not the republican party. Nothing wrong by speaking out his mind I guess. And besides you can’t have a nice words to your enemies right.

  • Paul Juergens

    Why did he insult the monkey?

  • Mel

    Love this guy.

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