- The Washington Times - Friday, July 6, 2018

Alan Dershowitz, a Harvard Law professor and prominent liberal Democrat who was mocked on social media this week after complaining he had been shunned by elitists at Martha’s Vineyard, went into detail about some of the bullying he’s experienced in his social circle just for defending President Trump’s civil liberties.

“I don’t care about parties, I’m invited to too many. But at a party this week on Martha’s Vineyard a woman said, ‘If Dershowitz were here tonight I’d stab him through the heart,’” Mr. Dershowitz told Fox News host Tucker Carlson Thursday night. “This is a Martha’s Vineyard woman saying she would stab me through the heart.”

He went on to say that another “Martha’s Vineyarder” and professor, Nicholas Negroponte, was “leading the campaign” to get people to “shun me in every way and not to engage with me.” He said his foes’ efforts are only helping Mr. Trump’s chances of winning in 2020.

“They are strengthening Donald Trump’s hands. The people who tried to shun me are giving Donald Trump and his base an argument about what the radicals are doing,” Mr. Dershowitz said. “Liberals still support due process but the Democratic party and the left has been taken over by radicals who have no interest in due process. They’re like Negroponte. They only want their truth to prevail. They don’t want any dissent. They don’t want any argument.”

Mr. Dershowitz was pilloried online this week after he penned an op-ed for The Hill complaining that he had been ostracized by the Martha’s Vineyard community, comparing it to 1950s-era McCarthyism.

“I am a liberal Democrat in politics, but a neutral civil libertarian when it comes to the Constitution,” he wrote. “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 responded to the backlash Tuesday, writing that he’s proud of being “shunned by partisan zealots.”

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