Famed legal expert and life-long Democrat Alan Dershowitz wrote an op-ed in which he recounts the shunning he has experienced on the toney island of Martha’s Vineyard because of his spirited defense of the “civil liberties” of President Donald Trump. Writing in The Hill, Dershowitz said he has been shunned because of mental separation of people into two camps: those for or against Trump. He wrote, “And that is all some people need to know to make judgments about you.” 

Dershowitz said that even though he contributed “handsomely” to Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, the denizens of Martha’s Vineyard view him simply as a supporter of the president. The famed legal scholar has also made headlines for defending Republican lawmakers and the president, while opposing Trump’s immigration policies. Referring to his cohorts on the famed vacation island, Dershowitz said in the article, “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.” He likened the experience to the McCarthyism of the 1950s.

According to Dershowitz, an academic from a “distinguished university" declined to attend any functions where Dershowitz might show up. Referring to the unidentified academic, Dershowitz said that “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.” In addition, Dershowitz claimed that people have threatened to stop contributing to organizations that sponsor events at which he speaks. “But one good thing is that being shunned by some ‘old friends’ on Martha’s Vineyard has taught me who my real friends are and who my fairweather friends were,” Dershowitz wrote. “From a personal point of view, I could not care less about being shunned by people whose views regarding dialogue I do not respect.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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