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MTV Host Mocks Jeff Sessions’ Asian Grandchildren

Ira Madison III, an MTV News culture writer and host, mocked Sen. Jeff Sessions’ Asian-American grandchildren on Twitter Tuesday morning.

Sessions appeared before the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary Tuesday to give testimony in connection with his nomination by President-elect Donald Trump to serve as attorney general. Sessions was accompanied by many members of his family, including his four Asian-American grandchildren. The senator’s daughter, Ruth Sessions Walk, is married to John Walk, an Asian-American man

Madison accused Sessions of stealing his grandchildren from Toys “R” Us for the hearing. He went on to call his grandchildren a “prop,” brought to mitigate accusations of racism.

Screen shot of Ira Madison's tweet.

Screen shot of Ira Madison’s tweet.

Madison then defended his attacks on Sessions’ family before returning to allegations the senator harbors racist sympathies. In addition to writing regularly for MTV News, he is the host of the MTV podcast “MTV Speed Dial.”

His comments are not the first time journalists have mocked the minority grandchildren of white Republicans. An MSNBC panel led by former host Melissa Harris Perry derided former GOP Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney’s black grandchild on television in December 2013.

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