May 23, 2013
GOP Congressman Calls Sen. McCain Out for ‘Racist’ Tweet
Posted on Feb 4, 2013
Sen. John McCain’s attempt at humor has seriously backfired once again. On Monday, the Arizona Republican tweeted a joke comparing Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to the monkey the country claims it sent to outer space.
Obviously it didn’t go over well, seeing as McCain later told his critics on Twitter to “lighten up.”
What McCain probably did not expect, however, was that he would be admonished by someone within his own party. But that’s exactly what happened when freshman Rep. Justin Amash, who is Arab-American, tweeted back, “Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes.”
Or really, any jokes in general. Given McCain’s history of tweeting “horrifying wisecracks,” it might be time for him to reconsider how he uses Twitter.
—Posted by Tracy Bloom.
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