GOP Congressman Calls McCain Racist for Ahmadinejad Joke

A Republican congressman called Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) racist for making a joke about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's space ambitions.

Fresh off the Islamic Republic swearing that it really did send a monkey into orbit, the president has volunteered to go to space himself, reported Mehr News Agency this morning.

“I am ready to be the first human to be sent to space by Iranian scientists,” Ahmadinejad said.

"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? 'Iran launches monkey into space,'" McCain tweeted.

Some 20 minutes later, after multiple replies accusing him of making a racist slur, the senator followed up with, "Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"

In response to his explainer, Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted, "Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes."