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MTV Writer Disgraces Himself on Twitter

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 10: Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., President-elect Trump's nominee for attorney general, holds one of his granddaughters before his Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Russell Building's Kennedy Caucus Room, January 10, 2017. Sens. Richard Shelby, R-Ala., left, and Susan Collins, R-Me., prepare to introduce him. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images)

It’s only January 10, but we may already have a winner for the most stupid and obnoxious tweet of the year.

Ira Madison III, culture writer for MTV News, really distinguished himself on Twitter this morning during the confirmation hearing of Jeff Sessions for attorney general:

Via Twitchy:

The obnoxious tweet spurred immediate outrage, and not just from those on the right:

As CNN’s Jake Tapper helpfully pointed out, it’s common practice for nominees to bring grandchildren to hearings:

Via Hot Air, Madison offered the following explanation:

This twerp no grown-up had even heard of until today eventually deleted his offensive tweet, but kept on digging.

“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,'” he explained in another tweet, which was also eventually deleted.

In response to the blowback, Madison also tweeted, “Session Hive is out in force today.”

Late Tuesday afternoon, he decided to protect his tweets.

The appalling episode brings to mind another instance in which lefties thought it was appropriate to mock conservatives for having diversity in their families.

In 2013, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry infamously hosted a panel that mocked Mitt Romney because in a family picture he was holding his adopted black grandson.