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 TrumpUS reimposes UN sanctions on Iran amid increasing tensions Jeff Flake: Republicans 'should hold the same position' on SCOTUS vacancy as 2016 Trump supporters chant 'Fill that seat' at North Carolina rally MORE's attorney general nominee, Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump's policies on refugees are as simple as ABCs Ocasio-Cortez, Velázquez call for convention to decide Puerto Rico status White House officials voted by show of hands on 2018 family separations: report 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.