Tuesday's Senate confirmation hearing for Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general began with his Asian-American granddaughter sitting calmly on his lap as he waited to testify.

However, one journalist used the scene to focus on past accusations of Sessions being a racist.

MTV culture writer Ira Madison III tweeted that Sessions should "kindly return this Asian baby to the Toys 'R' Us you stole her from."

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Madison argued that the child was being used as a prop so that Sessions would send a message that he was not racist.

Though he removed the original tweet, he released a series of tweets clarifying his stance.

Madison received plenty of backlash on social media following the initial tweet.

In response to the tweet, an MTV representative said, "The opinions Ira expresses on Twitter are his own and do not reflect the views of MTV News."

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