Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) delivered shameful rhetoric to attack Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson this week and drew condemnation from the Anti-Defamation League.
During his own Senate remarks among the many insulting remarks made by Republicans about Judge Jackson, Cotton made reference to former Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson, who left the high court to prosecute Nazi war criminals at Nuremberg after being appointed to the post by former President Harry S Truman after World War II.
Except that Cotton used the former Judge Jackson to smear Brown Jackson.
“You know, the last Judge Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the case against the Nazis,” Cotton said. “This Judge Jackson might have gone there to defend them.”
It’s a despicable smear that disgraces the Senate. And Cotton’s reasoning for making the remark is absolutely ridiculous just because Jackson defended suspected terrorists as a public defender and private attorney. After all, suspected terrorists being held at Guantanamo Bay have a right to due process under the law. Even the Nazis had defense attorneys during the Nuremberg Trials.
In response, the Anti-Defamation League condemned Cotton.
Absolutely shameful conduct from @SenTomCotton. To use a Nazi analogy as some sort of twisted way to attack Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is reprehensible. We’ve said it a thousand times and we’ll say it again: stop trivializing the Holocaust for political gain. https://t.co/XwaF9mOLtk
— ADL (@ADL) April 5, 2022
Even Fox News characterized Cotton’s attack on Jackson as a “bridge too far,” yet he only disgustingly doubled down as if nobody has a right to due process.
“You don’t think it was a bridge too far to make the link with Nuremberg and Nazis?” — Tom Cotton’s smear of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for defending Gitmo detainees seems to be a bit much even for Fox News pic.twitter.com/iecmqAmB6E
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 6, 2022
Again, Cotton’s attack was unfair and uncalled for. He owes Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson an apology.
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