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 John TrumpAssange meets U.S. congressman, vows to prove Russia did not leak him documents A history lesson on the Confederacy for President Trump GOP senator: Trump hasn't 'changed much' since campaign MORE's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) SessionsFBI opens tip line requesting information on Charlottesville rally Sessions rails against Chicago during visit to Miami DOJ warrant of Trump resistance site triggers alarm 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.