House GOPer calls McCain racist for Ahmadinejad joke

"Maybe you should wisen up and not make racist jokes," tweeted Rep. Justin Amash

Published February 4, 2013 5:42PM (EST)

Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., a conservative Republican in the House, called out Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on Twitter for a tweet comparing Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to a monkey.

Here's the sequence of tweets:

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McCain was referring to Ahmadinejad's reported comments on Monday that "I'm ready to be the first Iranian to sacrifice myself for our country's scientists" and be sent into space.

By Jillian Rayfield

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