McCain tweet on Iran draws criticism
WASHINGTON - The Associated Press
US Senator John McCain takes an earphone during a discussion at the 49th Munich Security Conference. AFP Photo
A leading U.S. Republican senator’s tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow Republican lawmaker as racist.
On Feb. 4, Sen. John McCain wrote, "So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn’t he just there last week?" He then linked to a news story about Iran launching a monkey into space.
Faced with criticism, McCain said in another tweet, "lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke."
That did not satisfy Rep. Justin Amash, who tweeted, "Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes."
During the 2008 presidential campaign, McCain, the Republican candidate, created a stir during an appearance when he repeated "Bomb Iran," to the tune of the Beach Boys song "Barbara Ann."