Dershowitz Slams Far Left: 'I Won't Let the Democrats Steal My Party From Me'

Posted: Jul 05, 2018 8:45 AM

Far left socialists like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Bernie Sanders will not take the Democratic Party further left, Alan Dershowitz said Tuesday.

The Harvard law professor vowed to “regain the center” of the party.

“I won’t let the Democrats steal my party from me. I want to regain the center,” he told WABC Radio’s “Curtis and Cosby” show.

He said he would stay in the Democratic Party if there’s a chance it can “return to normalcy.”

“I want to make sure that the radical Left, the woman who got elected in the Bronx and Queens to Congress on the Democratic ticket, that they and Sanders and others don’t represent the Democratic Party,” he said, referring to Ocasio-Cortez who defeated 10-term incumbent Democratic Rep. Joseph Crowley.

“I want a fight within the Democratic Party to restore it to the days when it was a great centrist party, when it united people rather than divided people,” he added.

He also commented on his Democratic friends who’ve turned on him since he’s defended President Trump’s constitutional rights.

“The idea that some of these people aren’t talking to me is not a punishment, it’s a great reward. I am so pleased,” he said. 

“These are people who have asked me for help over the years, who have asked me for support when their kid gets busted on a marijuana charge, or on possession of alcohol, I’m the first one they call,” he continued. “But as soon as I defend the rights of Donald Trump or anybody else they disagree with, I’m am a pariah.”

Dershowitz recently wrote in a column that despite his support for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election—and opposition to a number of Trump’s policies, his defenses of the president’s civil liberties has been too much for some of his liberal friends on Martha’s Vineyard.

“For them, it is enough that what I have said about the Constitution might help Trump,” he wrote. “So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard. One of them, an academic at a distinguished university, has told people that he would not attend any dinner or party to which I was invited. He and others have demanded “trigger warnings” so that they can be assured of having “safe spaces” in which they will not encounter me or my ideas. Others have said they will discontinue contributions to organizations that sponsor my talks.”