An MTV News host and writer was widely criticized online after he mocked the Asian-American grandchildren of Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 committee chair says panel will issue a 'good number' of additional subpoenas Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by AM General — Pentagon officials prepare for grilling Biden nominates head of Africa CDC to lead global AIDS response MORE's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsOvernight Hillicon Valley — Apple issues security update against spyware vulnerability Stanford professors ask DOJ to stop looking for Chinese spies at universities in US Overnight Energy & Environment — Democrats detail clean electricity program 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.
There is no reason for that child to be in his lap in a hearing other than to send an "I'm not racist message"— Ira Madison III (@ira) January 10, 2017
“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:
Disgusting tweet. The little girl is his granddaughter. Delete your account and find some humanity. https://t.co/8OZUtY5FcA— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 10, 2017
.@ira "I'll show you how racist Jeff Sessions is by showing how racist I am!"— Stephen Miller (@redsteeze) January 10, 2017
.@ira STOP— Jessica Chasmar (@JessicaChasmar) January 10, 2017
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.