John McCain: Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a Space Monkey!

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U.S. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) finds himself in some hot water this afternoon following a Tweet he wrote about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Basically, he likened Ahmadinejad to a space monkey.

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Iran claimed in January that it shot a monkey into space, while Ahmadinejad vocalized his desire to be the first person Iran sends there when the time comes.

"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" tweeted McCain in reference to both of these recent stories.

Ahmadinejad actually wouldn't be the first Iranian in space - Anousheh Ansari paid $20 million for a Russian Soyuz trip to the International Space Station in 2006.

But that's beside the point.

Many felt McCain's joke was in poor taste, or even racist. Others pointed out the joke was apparently used by TV host Jimmy Kimmel in recent days.

The 76-year-old former GOP presidential candidate then issued a follow-up: "Re: Iran space tweet ... lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"

Should they? Or should McCain apologize?


Retire McCain


Letter to Mr McCain Dear sir,
I am writting to you, to ask you to make amends and to refrain from similar comments in the future. Monkeys have done nothing to you to deserve such comparisons. In fact monkeys have been the object of derision for too long and also the subject of cruel treament through the entertainment and medical industries. They should be treated better and they not be dragged unwillingly into world politics. Monkeys have their own problems and are not really interested in their human cousins world domination endeavors. They would prefer to be left alone in their trees to take care of their progeny, without having to bring about potential lawsuits in order to protect their reputation. But if this warning shall not be heeded, the legal option will be in effect inevitable.
Thank you for your consideration and swift renounciation of your previous comments
The International Rhesus-monkey and Apes Nation (I.R.A.N.) PS Christians and Jews have been consistently called "pigs and monkeys" by the Muslims, so you should consider yourself in good company.

@ AbeLeehaney

Dehumanization, based on ignorant stereotypes, paves the way to war. Who gains when Muslims and Christians are killing each other? Who gains from these ceaseless wars? The cynical war promoters make out like bandits, while the rest of us lose -- lose our lives, our economic stability, and our rights. This must end. .... The way to end it is with RE-humanization: Start treating our neighbors as fellow human beings. Stop filtering out everything positive. Acquire a more balanced, less cynical view of the world. .... Iran has not attacked anyone in 300 years. Granted, Iran is competing with the U.S. -- in foreign policy, in alternative energy sources (wind, solar, nuclear power), and now in space. But competition is not something we Americans need to fear. Competition helps to keep both sides honest.


Jimmy Kimmel can say it and no one cares. Mccain says it and he's a racist. Got it.


john mccain: his sort of old fashioned americans will die out in time.
.................JUST BE GLAD.

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