Arizona Senator and former Republican candidate for President John McCain thinks Twitter needs to lighten up and take a joke.
After reports emerged that Iran President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is prepared to be the first human sent into space by Iranian scientists, Senator McCain took to Twitter and made the following jab:
"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?"
He linked to an article on Iran's recent monkey-led adventure into space:
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" http://t.co/PaZKAqac
Last week we learned that Iran had sent a monkey into space, and that it had returned safely to Earth - at least it may have made it home alive. Iran's Space agency confirmed that they used images of two different monkeys before and after the flight, but claim that it's not an attempt at a coverup and the space monkey is alive and well.
Either way, John McCain has received some negative feedback for his Twitter joke.
In response to that, McCain just tweeted this:
Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?
Maybe the Senator's Twitter account has been compromised. It's just a joke, but it still feels strange coming from the official Twitter account of a sitting U.S. Senator, even one with a history of being hawkish on the subject of Iran.