Dershowitz: Being black does not give Maxine Waters license to use race card

politics | Aug 08, 2017 | By Martin Barillas

Famed law professor Alan Dershowitz late Monday criticized Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) for calling him a racist. Dershowitz said told Laura Ingraham, who was filling in for Fox News host Tucker Carlson, "She tosses around that term so promiscuously that it dilutes the term. She hurts her own cause because she’s crying wolf." Of the voluble Democrat from California, Dershowitz said:  "If everybody’s a racist, then no one is a racist. If I am a racist, then what is she going to call real, real racism?

Recalling his decades-long background, Dershowitz said, "I marched in the South, I was involved in the civil rights movement all of my life." He continued, "Being black does not give you a license to call someone a racist just like being Jewish doesn’t give you a license to call people anti-Semites unless they actually are racists or anti-Semites."

He was referring to a statement Waters made, when she said it was "absolutely racist for Dershowitz" to assert that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C. because it has a "solidly Democratic" and "ethnic and racial composition" not favorable to President Trump.

"What he is saying is all of those black people are there and they don't like Trump and so he's not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldn't be there to begin with. I don't like that, and I'm surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that," Waters told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Friday. "We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist," she added.

Dershowitz, who is a Democrat but has defended Trump on occasion, said: "For her to use that term when I make an utterly uncontroversial statement, I mean there is not a criminal lawyer or prosecutor or defense attorney who would disagree with the statement that Mueller got an advantage by moving the case to the District of Columbia." Dershowitz told Ingraham, "He has a better chance of getting a favorable jury pool in the District of Columbia than he would in Virginia. Everybody would agree with that." 

Waters, who represents California's 43rd District, has been in Congress since 1991.

 

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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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