Rep. Amash: McCain joke likening Ahmadinejad to monkey 'racist'

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The reaction was swift, with some Twitter users — including Amash — suggesting the comment was racist.

Amash is a second-generation Arab-American. His father, a Palestinian business owner, immigrated to the United States in 1956.

McCain did not appear to regret the comment, however, telling those who complained to "lighten up."

—This post was updated at 12:21 p.m.