MTV host and “culture writer” Ira Madison came under fire Tuesday after he used Sen. Jeff Sessions’ (R-AL) Asian grandchild as fuel for a political attack.
“Sessions, sir, kindly return this Asian baby to the Toys “R” Us you stole her from,” Madison tweeted.
He went on to call the child a “prop” and claimed there’s “no reason” for Sessions, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for attorney general, to have his granddaughter on his lap other than to show that he’s “not racist.”
Unsurprisingly, his message was not well-received. His poorly thought-out political attack was widely criticized.
CNN anchor Jake Tapper blasted Madison's “disgusting” tweet, telling him to “delete your account and find some humanity.”
He also correctly pointed out that Sessions is not the first cabinet nominee to bring family members to a confirmation hearing.
Following the backlash, Madison deleted his initial tweet about Sessions' grandchild and offered an explanation that definitely can't be described as an apology.
“I often tell jokes, but seeing as bringing up Sessions' history of racial hatred of Asians is seen as an attack on his grandchild, I deleted,” he tweeted.
Ironically, Madison regularly writes columns called “Delete Your Account” for MTV News in which he mocks others for major social media blunders.
Maybe he will star in his own column this week.