Alan Dershowitz on Martha’s Vineyard pals ostracizing him: ‘Silence is not my style. Cowardice is not my philosophy’

Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz said his longtime liberal pals are now ostracizing him because he defended President Trump’s constitutional rights — the same way he would’ve defended any other person’s civil liberties.

“They are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard,” Dershowitz wrote at The Hill. “This is all familiar to me, since I lived through McCarthyism in the 1950s.”


Dershowitz is a lifelong liberal who voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, and for Hillary Clinton in 2016. He said former friends have told others in his social circle they would boycott dinners or parties that he’s invited to. Others have demanded “safe spaces” so they can avoid Dershowitz at social outings.

Dershowitz said the irrational liberal group-think reminds him of the McCarthyism hysteria of the 1960s.

“I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have,” he wrote. “I wonder if the professor who refuses to listen to anything I have to say also treats his students similarly. Would he listen to a student who actively supported Trump? What about one who simply supported his civil liberties?”

Dershowitz — a nationally recognized Constitutional Law scholar — reiterated that he’s not a Trump supporter, but he does support civil liberties for all, regardless of their political affiliation. The law applies equally, even to those you don’t like.

“I am not a Trump supporter nor am I member of the Trump administration. But I have defended Trump’s civil liberties, along with those of all Americans, just as I would have defended Hillary Clinton’s civil liberties had she been elected.”

In December 2017, Dershowitz joked that he had lost seven pounds on the “Donald Trump diet” (see video above).

“Well, I call it the Donald Trump diet,” Dershowitz said with a smile. “I’ve lost seven pounds because my liberal friends have stopped inviting me to dinner parties. After four years, I’ll be back to my high school weight.”

Meanwhile, Alan Dershowitz remains defiant in the face of liberal intolerance of diversity of thought.  “I will not change my views as a result of these attempts to ostracize me, but there are some who may remain silent for fear of being shunned,” he wrote. “Silence is not my style. Cowardice is not my philosophy.”

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