- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor and prominent liberal Democrat, has penned an op-ed saying he’s been shunned by Martha’s Vineyard’s elite due to his even-keeled approach to civil liberties and the Constitution — even when it pertains to President Trump.

Mr. Dershowitz’s objective approach to Mr. Trump’s civil liberties has resulted in him being ostracized from his weekend dinner parties, the constitutional lawyer wrote, lamenting that 1950s-era McCarthyism had “come to Martha’s Vineyard.”

“I have strongly and publicly opposed [Mr. Trump‘s] immigration policies, ranging from the travel ban that was upheld by the Supreme Court to the zero-tolerance policy that led to the separation of parents and children at the border. I oppose other Republican policies as well. I voted for, and contributed handsomely, to Hillary Clinton,” he wrote.

“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 and subjected to efforts of impeachment tor prosecution.

“I am a liberal Democrat in politics, but a neutral civil libertarian when it comes to the Constitution,” he continued. “But that is not good enough for some of my old friends on Martha’s Vineyard. For them, it is enough that what I have said about the Constitution might help Trump. So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard.”

Mr. Dershowitz claimed that people in his social circle had gone so far as to boycott the organizations that have sponsored his talks.

“I never thought I would see McCarthyism come to Martha’s Vineyard, but I have,” he wrote. “These childish efforts to shun me because I refused to change my position on civil liberties that I have kept for half a century discourages vibrant debate and may dissuade other civil libertarians from applying their neutral principles to a president of whom they disapprove.

“President Trump certainly bears some of the responsibility for this divisiveness, but Maxine Waters and those who advocate harassing political opponents share much of the responsibility as well. They are both the symptom and the cause of the divisiveness in this country.”

Mr. Dershowitz’s op-ed was met with mockery on social media.

Mr. Dershowitz responded to the backlash on Tuesday, writing that he’s proud of being “shunned by partisan zealots.”


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