Sen. John McCain has tweeted what every rational journalist wanted to write Monday: “So Ahmadinejad wants to be first Iranian in space – wasn’t he just there last week?”

McCain was referring to Iran’s dubious claim that it sent a monkey into space, but the noble values of a fellow Republican Congressman, an Arab-American, prompted him to label McCain’s comment “racist.”

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“Maybe you should wisen up & not make racist jokes,” tweeted back Michigan Rep. Justin Amash.

McCain replied, “Re: Iran space tweet – lighten up folks, can’t everyone take a joke?”

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.