Sen. John McCain speaks to a crowd of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney supporters in front of the Niceville City Hall complex in Niceville, Fla. Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2012. McCain was in the Panahandle Tuesday campaigning for Romney.Credit: AP
The news follows Iran's declaration that they successfully launched a monkey into orbit. There's still some confusion as to whether they actually did it, but the Iranians are sticking to their story despite expert testimony that two different monkeys are seen in the "before" and "after" photos).
Regardless, John McCain joked:
So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week? "Iran launches monkey into space" news.yahoo.com/iran-launches-…
— John McCain (@SenJohnMcCain) February 4, 2013
The backlash was swift, with at least one other member of Congress joining in the criticism of McCain's tweet (content warning):
When McCain later added, "Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?" Representative Justin Amash (R-MI) didn't seem able to let it go.
Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes. “@senjohnmccain: Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?”
— Justin Amash (@repjustinamash) February 4, 2013
Amash is reportedly of Palestinian descent.