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John McCain compares Ahmadinejad to monkey in joking tweet

In a controversial tweet meant to be a joke, Republican Senator John McCain (R-AZ) has compared Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

The Senator immediately followed up with a tweet asking people to “… lighten up, folks, can’t everyone take a joke?” But at that point, it was too late.

Alex Kantrowitz of took issue with the joke, writing that McCain took the “low road.” But “Newsweek”/Daily Beast cultural news editor and frequent Fox News “RedEye” guest Michael C. Moynihan pointed out the hypocrisy of condemning McCain’s joke:

Moynihan’s tweet includes a link to several Google images of illustrations depicting former President George W. Bush as a monkey.

Are Twitter users overly sensitive or cautiously respectful of world leaders? Whether you agree that it was a light-hearted joke or a serious misstep, there’s no denying that the former Republican presidential nominee’s brand of comedy isn’t universally accepted.

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