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Posted by on Feb 4, 2013 in Guest Contributor, Politics | 14 comments

Sen. John McCain Called Racist for ‘Space Monkey’ Tweet About Iran Leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

Sen. John McCain sparked outrage with a tweet calling Iranian leader Mahmoud Ahmadinejad a “space monkey” over his desire to be the first Iranian in space. Some are accusing Sen. McCain of racism. You will recall John McCain also mumbled “bomb, bomb Iran” during the 2008 presidential campaign. This is the same man who has serious reservations about Chuck Hagel becoming our next Defense Secretary. Funny how Sen. John McCain has so much free time to tweet….

Sen. McCain later tweeted:

I’m surprised he hasn’t deleted the offensive tweet. Here’s a tweet from GOP Rep. Justin Amash slamming John McCain:

This was cross-posted from The Hinterland Gazette.

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  • slamfu

    I don’t see why its racist. Does that make me racist?

  • I dunno… kind of a reach in my opinion. Given that there historically were monkies sent to space as well as the fact that Ahmadinejad kind of looks like a monkey (in the G.W.Bush sense of comparison), it just seems like a sad attempt at a joke.

    While McCain, in recent years, has struck me as a “get-off-my-lawn-you-hooligans”-type, and he does have the history of opposing the vote for the MLK Holiday, I’m not sure he had any damaging intent in mind.

    Then again, this is coming from a white male (me), so perhaps my opinion is not valid on cases of racism. *joke*

  • ShannonLeee

    Not racist.
    Those accusing McCain of racism on this comment are no different than Birthers.

  • dduck

    I have a different read on this. I think monkeys should be insulted, therefore JM is a monkeyist.

  • adelinesdad

    I’m glad I’m not the only one that doesn’t think this is racist. For a minute there I thought I might be racist.

  • adelinesdad

    dd, I believe the term for that is specist:

  • dduck

    OK, specist/monkey.

  • DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist

    I detest John McCain for his recent (ten-year period)outrageous political positions, pettiness, bitterness, vindictiveness and all kinds of other
    “esses,” but I do not believe he is a racist.

    Witness the McCain couple’s adoption of a young Bangladesh girl. I would classify his Ahmadinejad remarks in the same category as his bomb, bomb Iran comments and his outbursts against Hagel, Rice, at al: crazy and vengeful, respectively.

  • zephyr

    It’s enough that his judgement continues to deteriorate.

  • sheknows

    Wasn’t McCain just recently accusing Hagel of racism with his “Jewish lobby” remark? And this is nothing like that. Jeeez…can’t everyone take a joke?

  • KP

    I thought the comment was humorous and was hearted by his clarity 🙂

  • roro80

    Oh yes, let’s all fall over ourselves trying to assure everyone John McCain is not a racist. Was it his frequent, public use of the word “gook”, or perhaps referring to the children of unwed mothers as “tar babies” that has proven without a doubt that he is totally like NOT a racist? Or it was his long-time support of Wallace, perhaps, or even that awesome thing called “Campaign 2008” against that black dude. But no, no racism here, folks! Good thing that likening brown people to monkeys hasn’t been used for centuries to imply they are a notch down from white folks on the evolutionary timeline. Good job, folks.

    Personally, I think the next time he thinks it’s a good idea to make a joke concerning Iran or Iranians, he should just think for a moment before opening his mouth. But hey, maybe he’s actually hilarious.

  • The_Ohioan

    I’d say this falls into the same category as the Tea Party signs depicting Obama as a monkey. If it’s not racist it’s something very similar and very insulting.

    Can we really not find rational adults to represent us in Congress?

  • Enkindle

    Just mean and angry John McCain. In all fairness he has the right to be angry at Iran and so do all of us. Iran’s operatives played a big part in killing our military people in Iraq and maybe elsewhere. I don’t mind McCain focusing his anger at the Iranian leadership. I do wish he would stop being a real partisan .whenever he deals with fellow Americans that he happens to politically disagree with. His character is quite unbecoming a U.S. Senator in that regard.

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