MTV News host criticized for mocking Asian grandchildren of Sessions

MTV News host criticized for mocking Asian grandchildren of Sessions
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An MTV News host and writer was widely criticized online after he mocked the Asian-American grandchildren of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJuan Williams: Trump refills the swamp Pelosi: Trump insisted he won popular vote in our first meeting NYT's David Brooks: Trump has not fulfilled promise of new conservatism MORE's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsRussia is recalling ambassador at center of Trump campaign controversy: report Justice Department developing strategies to shut down ‘sanctuary cities’: report Sally Yates slams Sessions on criminal justice reform MORE (R-Ala.), in a series of tweets on Tuesday.

Ira Madison, an African-American culture writer for MTV News and host of the channel's "Speed Dial," accused Sessions of showcasing his grandchildren at a Senate confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill to avoid being labeled a racist.

“The opinions Ira expresses on Twitter are his own and do not reflect the views of MTV News,” a MTV communications vice president said Tuesday. 

Reaction from media members was swift:

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Members of Sessions's family, including his four Asian-American grandchildren, joined him in Washington on Tuesday.

His daughter, Ruth Sessions Walk, is married to an Asian-American man.

Updated 1:04 p.m.