Sen. John McCain isn't mincing words about Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. The Arizona Republican (@SenJohnMcCain) tweeted to his nearly 1.8 million followers a recent Reuters story, "Iran launches monkey into space".
"So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space - wasn't he just there last week?" McCain wrote.
Ahmadinejad recently told the IRNA news agency that he wanted to be the first Iranian astronaut sent into space, saying he was willing to risk his life for the mission. The Iranian president said the country hopes to send an astronaut into space within the next six years.
Not everyone found McCain's sense of humor so amusing. Including a fellow Republican in Congress. "Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes @SenJohnMcCain," tweeted Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.).
Amash is a second-generation Arab-American. Amash is a Ron Paul-style Republican, generally opposed to American intervention abroad. That includes confrontation with Iran.
Realizing the comment's impolitic nature, McCain quickly followed up on Twitter, "Re: Iran space tweet - lighten up folks, can't everyone take a joke?"
Via The Hill.