McCain Ape Rape Joke Recalled By Sources Did you hear the one about the woman who is attacked on the street by a gorilla, beaten senseless, raped repeatedly and left to die? When she finally regains consciousness and tries to speak, her doctor leans over to hear her sigh contently and to feebly ask, Where is that marvelous ape? McCain was swiftly criticized by womens groups. A spokeswoman for NOW in Arizona said the organizations members were incensed by his cruel and sexist remark. McCain said he did not recall telling the joke. More recently, the McCain campaign scheduled a fundraiser with a Texas oilman who compared rape to the weather while running for governor. As long as its inevitable, you might as well lie back and enjoy it, said Clayton Williams in 1990. After public outcry, the event was postponed.