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McCain: Rolling Stone cover 'horrifying'

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) had harsh words Sunday for Rolling Stone's recent cover featuring alleged Boston bomber Dzhokar Tsarnaev.

In an interview with CNN, McCain called the cover "horrifying," "inappropriate" and "stupid."

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"It was horrifying," McCain told "State of the Union." "This is an individual that represents a great threat to innocent lives."

Rolling Stone has been criticized for glamorizing Tsarnaev after it featured a headshot of the alleged bomber on a recent cover.

A number of retail outlets, including CVS and Walgreens said they would not sell the latest issue.

Former White House National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor criticized the cover in a tweet last week.

“A disaffected US kid could see this and think terrorist are afforded rockstar status,” said Vietor.

White House press secretary Jay Carney earlier this week declined to comment on the controversy.

“The White House is focused on ... bringing to justice an individual who has been charged with and is alleged to have committed heinous crimes," said Carney. "That's what the president knows and expects the Department of Justice to be focused on."

Tsarnaev has pleaded not guilty to 30 counts related to the April explosion, which killed three people and wounded more than 250.