Culture writer for MTV News Ira Madison III attacked Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions and his Asian-American granddaughter as a “prop” to distract from his “racism.”
“Sessions, sir, kindly return this Asian baby to the Toys “R” Us you stole her from,” Madison tweeted.
After receiving a deluge of criticism, Madison deleted his initial tweet.
Madison was not alone; though he received the biggest backlash for his joke, a number of left-wing pundits and authors made similar cracks — presumably to demonstrate how anti-racist they are.
lol loving jeff sessions' "how can i possibly be a racist when i'm holding this nonwhite baby" moment
— sara david (@SaraQDavid) January 10, 2017
Oh, I get it. Jeff Sessions has half-Asian grandbabies. CONFIRMED. Pack it up, guys. https://t.co/Ybda0mMySh
— Donovan X. Ramsey (@iDXR) January 10, 2017
Notice how Sessions made a big show of kissing a baby before being sworn in….
— JoeMyGod (@JoeMyGod) January 10, 2017
— Independent US (@IndyUSA) January 10, 2017
Amazing optics. Sessions sitting with a child on his lap as opponents try to paint him as cold pic.twitter.com/uJp5aFx8mQ
— Domenico Montanaro (@DomenicoNPR) January 10, 2017
Oh, not just children as props, @SenatorSessions, but also Asian people. Very strategic. Guess what? You're still a LIFELONG RACIST.
— Stefanie Iris Weiss🔥 (@EcoSexuality) January 10, 2017