Ask John McCain to Apologize for Comparing Iranian President to a Monkey

Target: Republican Senator John McCain

Goal: Apologize for racist Twitter comments comparing Iran’s president to a monkey.

Republican Senator John McCain recently posted a jab directed at Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on his Twitter, referring to him as a monkey. Commenting on the topic of Iran’s space program McCain said, “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?  ‘Iran launches monkey into space.'”

The Senator was referencing the recent development in Iran’s Space Program, when Iran launched a monkey into space. The launch was deemed an important step toward Iran’s plan to send an astronaut into space. After the monkey’s apparently successful trip, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad revealed his desire to be the first Iranian in space. Senator John McCain took the opportunity to compare Ahmadinejad to a monkey on Twitter.

Following an outpouring of criticism, McCain added a tweet suggesting that people needed to lighten up and learn how to take a joke. Although other Republican representatives, such as Justin Amash of Michigan, called McCain out on his inappropriate comments, McCain has shown no remorse or regret for his insulting tweet. The tweet has not been removed, nor has McCain issued an apology for his “joke.”

Senator John McCain ran alongside current President Barack Obama in the 2008 elections. This is not the first time he has made questionable remarks about international figures. A man who once ran for office, and continues to represent people in the Senate, should not be allowed to behave in such a narrow-minded, immature manner without repercussion. Sign the petition below to demand that Senator McCain apologize for his offensive remarks against Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.


Dear Senator McCain,

Recently you posted a tweet to your Twitter account comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey. While you may consider such statements humorous, the reality is that racist remarks do a lot more damage than people are generally aware of. You are a government official, and in such a position particularly as a representative of the people, it is remarkably irresponsible and insensitive of you to make statements that cause lasting damage.

I am writing to express my disappointment in your conduct and in your decision to defend your remarks as humor. I demand that you apologize for your inexcusable remarks, and takes steps to assure the people you represent that racism is not a part of your ideology. Only through correcting our mistakes can we improve.


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One Comment

  1. Robert Ortiz says:

    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has many flaws both personal and in the oppressive dicatorial regime he presides over, but he is still a human being and it is important to be civil and mature when referring to people. It is especially more important from high profile people in positions of political power to be respectful of others even if you do not agree with their brand of politics or ideologies.

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