Famed Harvard law Professor Alan Dershowitz said on "Fox & Friends" that liberals should not consider members of the Antifa movement as heroic for vandalizing monuments to the Confederacy. He asserted that Antifa wants to “tear down America.”
“Do not glorify the violent people who are now tearing down the statues," said Dershowitz to Fox News host Brian Kilmeade in the interview. "Many of these people, not all of them, many of these people are trying to tear down America. Antifa is a radical, anti-America, anti-free market, communist, socialist, hard left sensorial organization that tries to stop speakers on campuses from speaking.” Dershowitz said “They use violence. Just because they are opposed to fascism and to some of these monuments, should not make them heroes of the liberals,” he added.
There is a danger, Dershowitz said, in pulling down Confederate monuments. The danger is that thereby is created a slippery slope about what is acceptable and what is not. “Of course there is a danger of going too far,” Dershowitz said. “There is a danger of removing Washington and Jefferson and other Founding Fathers who themselves owned slaves.”
Dershowitz compared the Antifa movement and its goals to Soviet dictator and mass murderer Josef Stalin in seeking to rewrite history. “The idea of willy nilly going through and doing what Stalin did, just erasing history and rewriting it to serve current purposes does pose a danger. And it poses a danger of education malpractice,” Dershowitz said.
Dershowitz wrote in The Algemeiner on Tuesday that while he believes President Trump has a special responsibility to denounce racists, he credited conservatives for distinguishing themselves from racists and bigots:
“I also believe that it is the special responsibility of decent liberals to do the same with regard to hard left bigoted extremists. I must acknowledge, as a liberal, that we have not done as good a job as decent conservatives have done.”
Dershowitz wrote, “I will not give these hard-left violent bigots a pass.” While he said that Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan are “currently more dangerous in terms of physical violence than hard left groups,” he added that “the violence of the racist right (and radical jihadists) must not lead us to ignore the reality that Antifa and its radical allies pose real danger to the future of our nation, because of their increasing influence on university campuses where our future leaders are being educated.”
Issuing a warning to fellow liberals, Dershowitz wrote: “The recent events in Charlottesville and elsewhere have made them heroes among some mainstream liberals, who are willing to excuse their anti-liberal bigotry because they are on the barricades against fascism.”
Elsewhere, columnist Charles Krauthammer told Fox News show host Tucker Carlson that what he fears the most is that young Americans are learning all that has been bad in their country’s history, but little that is good.