Sen. John McCain is in hot water after comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey in a tweet.
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On Monday, the Republican and former-presidential candidate sent out this tweet:
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 4, 2013
When he got some criticism for what he thought was an innocent joke, he tweeted back to followers:
Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 4, 2013
But that response didn't seem to appease fellow Republican Justin Amash of Michigan, who fired back:
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 4, 2013
As the Twitter battle ensued, a third conservative joined the discussion. John Podhoretz tweeted a slew of responses to McCain's initial joke, including these:
How dare John McCain say something demeaning and disparaging about the foremost anti-Semite on the planet.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 4, 2013
— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 4, 2013
John McCain misspoke. He should have called Ahmadinejad a pig.
I was insensitive. I apologize to pigs for likening them to Ahmadinejad.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) February 4, 2013
This isn't the first time McCain has put his foot in his mouth when it comes to Iran. According to NBC News, in 2007, the 76-year-old veteran cracked a joke about the country by changing the words to the Beach Boys' song "Barbara Ann" to "Bomb Iran."