(CNN) – After catching some flak for slyly calling Iran's president a monkey on Twitter Monday, Sen. John McCain wondered what the fuss was about.
Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 04, 2013
Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?
That was after he took this swipe at President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who said Monday he wants to be the first Iranian astronaut in space.
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" news.yahoo.com/iran-launches-…— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 04, 2013
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" news.yahoo.com/iran-launches-…
That prompted backlash on Twitter, including from Rep. Justin Amash, a Michigan Republican.
Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes. "@SenJohnMcCain: Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) February 04, 2013
Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes. "@SenJohnMcCain: Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"
McCain was linking to an article from last week on Iran's attempt to launch a primate into space. According to official Iranian news reports, the monkey was strapped snugly into a Pishgam (or Pioneer) rocket and launched 120 kilometers (75 miles) into the sky on Monday.
Iran said the move represented its latest bid to join the space race, though Iran's foes fear the real aim may be to test missile launching capabilities for less peaceful purposes.
The monkey returned back to Earth sometime later, looking shell-shocked but alive as a crowd of men along the desert ground rejoiced, video from state-run Press TV showed.
Since then, media reports have cast doubt on Iran's version of their launch, citing two different photos of the monkey that was purportedly blasted into space.
McCain has never been shy about his opposition to Iran's regime, often using jokes. During his 2008 bid for president, he memorably changed the lyrics to "Barbara Ann" to "Bomb Iran" during a campaign appearance.
CNN's Greg Botelho and Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.
Ronald Regan's senility was ignored. McCain brings nothing to the table compared to him. His 2008 campaign was the first warning.
About the only time lately (I USED to respect him) that I've agreed with McCain.
I'm not too fond of McCain, and I think we are very lucky that Obama was elected over him. BUT, this joke about Ahma....whatever...you...call...him should not be taken so seriously. I am sure that this IRAN president has made plenty of jokes about US government including the president.
I didn't find it racist at all. I'm not much of a McCain fan, but I thought that was pretty funny. Would have been funny regardless of if it were Iranians or Koreans or anyone else.
McCain is just a angry bitter OLD MAN, who lost (twice) the Presidency
Hero to goat--such a shame-–JUST GO AWAY OLD MAN
Thief hates thief as the chinese proverbs said....
He really began to depart from reality when defending the war in Iraq which turned out to be a blessing for the Iranians on several levels. McCain at one point claimed that bazaars were now safe to visit in Baghdad and he visited one to prove the point-accompanied by a full armored company of 100 American soldiers whose lives were put at risk for a clown show, plus 10 Stryker armored vehicles, plus two Blackhawks overhead. McCain really thought this showed how improved the situation was in Baghad. Clearly delusional.
McCain's senility is becoming more and more apparent with each passing day.
the seantor was racist toward muslim's during the o4 campagn, are we surprised, merely by picking palin as running mate had racist tones
Some of McCain's best friends are monkey's.
Can you just imagine what the last four years would have been like if McCain and Palin were at the helm!
I'm surprised that anyone was even listening to McCain, I wonder why his state re-elects this desert cabbage.
It just gets worse with dementia – sorry John, but you should check the hat a take a rest now.
Article omits the fact Amash is of mid-East heritage. Palestinian, I think. Joke was in poor taste and rather stupid, but didn't strike me as racist. People are overly sensitive, but being white I can't really judge.
Not to defend Rupub too much, but really, I don't think referring to him a monkey was racist.... especially in the light that Iran had just sent a monkey into space. If it had not been with that context maybe I could see the reference, but really, lighten up.
That's not a joke you bitter old man. Go and retire in one of your six houses and let someone else do your job. You went to far when you attacked Hagel and now this. You are truly an angry, bitter person. O win fair and square, can't you get over it.
Aside from his obvious decrepitness FYI to all, Iranians are Persian not Arab and therefore actually more European(genetically) which means they are white people just like the Turks. So McCains wisecrack would be like cracking on the French or the Russians; unfortunate – yes- racist – not really.
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" -
LOL! nice one. Who would have thought that stuffed shirt had a sense of humor!
Yes, everyone can put up with a joke, after all, how long have you been a Senator? You're the joke.
He is a racist, because he sees no problem in what he said. If Ahmadinejad called him donkey, then said, OH! its a joke, the whole Congress would be calling for a formal apology.
Why did Obama miss the statutory budget deadline today? Why didn't Obama get a budget passed during his first two years when Democrats controlled Congress? Why have Obama's recent budget proposals rejected by even Democrats in the Senate? When will Obama submit his budget? How can an organization as large as the US Government operate in a manner that doesn't waste tax dollars when it has no budget?
Yeah it was a amusing, but a man in his position and power should know better, he's not a Late Night Talk show host.
This guy has outlived his effectiveness and stay in Washington, he's doing more damgae than good.
So this is the kind of statements that are coming out,from the people running this country,may God help us all.
Wha'st really funny, that most monkeys are smarter then the person he picked for his running mate, which doesn't make him look to smart.
How utterly insensitive. I thnk McCain owes an apology to monkeys everywhere.