The Arkansas Senator was attempting to deter other Senators from confirming Judge Jackson's nomination by bringing up cases where Judge Jackson had served as a public defender.
Taking to the Senate floor on Wednesday, Cotton criticized Judge Jackson for defending four men allegedly involved in al-Qaeda and held in Guantanamo Bay saying, "Judge Jackson has also shown real interest in helping terrorists."
It should be noted that public defenders do not get to choose their clients.
Senator Cotton went on to make the extreme conclusion that Judge Jackson would have also defended Nazi war criminals.
"You know the last Judge Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the case against the Nazis," Senator Cotton said. "This Judge Jackson might have gone there to defend them."
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) literally says Ketanji Brown Jackson might have defended Nazis at Nuremberg:\n\n"The last Judge Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and prosecute the case against the Nazis. This Judge Jackson might have gone there to defend them."pic.twitter.com/K0eHZ56sGY
Tom Cotton just said Judge Jackson would\u2019ve gone to Nuremberg to defend the Nazis\n\nSame guy who falsely portrayed himself as an Army Ranger in his campaign ads\n\nSame guy who said slavery was a \u201cnecessary evil\u201d\n\nYeah we should really be listening to this douche canoe
The Anti-Defamation League, an organization dedicated to protecting Jewish people from defamation tweeted, "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."