A writer for MTV News came under fire on Tuesday after joking that Sen. Jeff Sessions, the attorney general nominee, kidnapped an Asian child from a local Toys R Us to use as a prop at his Senate confirmation hearing.
“Sessions, sir, kindly return this Asian baby to the Toys ‘R’ Us you stole her from,” Ira Madison III, a cultural writer for MTV News, wrote in a now deleted tweet.
The child is Sessions’ biological granddaughter. His family had accompanied him to his confirmation hearing.
Madison continued to attack the Alabama senator. The MTV News writer referred to Sessions’ grandchild as a mere “prop.”
“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,'” Madison tweeted.