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DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison calls Tom Cotton a ‘little man infested with maggots’ after the Republican senator suggested Ketanji Brown Jackson would defend the Nazis

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  • Jaime Harrison called Tom Cotton “the lowest of the bottoms” and “a little man infested with maggots”.

  • Harrison was outraged by Cotton’s suggestion that Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson could have defended Nazis accused of war crimes.

  • Harrison also called the GOP “a party built on fraud, fear, and fascism.”

On Wednesday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Jaime Harrison slammed Senator Tom Cotton, calling him the “lowest of lows” and a “maggot-infested little man” after the Arkansas Republican suggested the Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson could have defended Nazis accused of war crimes. .

“In a Senate where there’s Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham, Tom Cotton is the lowest of lows,” Harrison said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Harrison took particular offense to Cotton’s suggestion that Biden’s Supreme Court nominee could have defended the Nazis at the Nuremberg trials. A possible future presidential candidate, Cotton was repeating the GOP’s misleading attacks on Jackson’s defense of Guantanamo Bay detainees during his tenure as a federal public defender and later in private practice.

Cotton referenced Justice Robert Jackson, who took a leave of absence from the Supreme Court to lead the Allies’ prosecution of top Nazi officers at the Nuremberg trials, in his latest attack. Jackson was also a strong advocate for the rule of law and the need for all defendants to receive a diligent defense.

“You know, the last Justice Jackson left the Supreme Court to go to Nuremberg and pursue the case against the Nazis,” Cotton told the Senate. “That Judge Jackson may have gone there to defend them.”

Harrison then recounted a controversial anecdote about Cotton’s blocking of Cassandra Butts, President Barack Obama’s candidate to become United States Ambassador to the Bahamas. Butts, who was a law school classmate and close friend of the then president, died in 2016 after being diagnosed with acute leukemia. His nomination had stalled for more than 820 days before his death.

Butts told New York Times columnist Frank Bruni that Cotton told him he was blocking his nomination in part as a way to twist Obama’s knife. Bruni described it as “a means of inflicting particular pain on the president” and wrote that Cotton’s office did not dispute the account of the meeting. But Cotton’s office later disputed its characterization of Butts’ conversation with Cotton, particularly the idea that he had blocked Butts’ nomination, The Daily Caller wrote at the time.

Harrison said Cotton’s conduct shows that “he does not deserve to be in the Senate of the United States” and points to a larger moral stain on the Republican Party.

“This is a party built on fraud, fear and fascism,” Harrison said. “And they don’t deserve to be in power. Not because Democrats should, but because they don’t deserve to be in power in this great nation.”

A spokesperson for Cotton did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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