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Trump Judicial Nominee Withdraws After GOP Senator Publicly Humiliates Him

“Just because you’ve seen 'My Cousin Vinny' doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge.”

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Sen. John Neely Kennedy (R-LA) questioned judicial nominee Matthew S. Petersen last week before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Petersen's abysmal performance went viral.

Peterson, who has never handled a jury or bench trail, failed to correctly answer basic legal questions.

“Just because you’ve seen My Cousin Vinny doesn’t qualify you to be a federal judge,” Kennedy said in an interview that aired Monday. “And he has no litigation experience. And my job on the judiciary committee is to catch him. I would strongly suggest he not give up his day job."

Kennedy suggested that President Donald Trump didn't even care if his nominee is confirmed and inadvertently admitted that he wasn't well-versed about his own judicial picks.

"[Trump] has told me, ‘Kennedy, when some of my guys send someone who is not qualified, you do your job,’” Kennedy explained.

Petersen withdrew from consideration on Monday.

Relive the ex-nominee's most excruciating moments below.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.