McCain Tweet Comparing Ahmadinejad to a Monkey Draws Criticism

U.S. Senator John McCain was criticized by one fellow Republican lawmaker for making 'racist jokes'; the controversial tweet was in reference to Iran sending a monkey to space last week.

A leading Republican senator's tweet comparing Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey is drawing criticism from a fellow Republican lawmaker as racist.

On Monday, 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."