Alan Dershowitz Says Martha’s Vineyard Is ‘Shunning’ Him More than Trump
It was not the sort of complaint likely to draw public sympathy, and it did not.
Alan Dershowitz, the lawyer and professor emeritus at Harvard Law School, argued in an op-ed last week for The Hill that Americans have grown increasingly intolerant of opposing political views, focusing on a get in touch with by Representative Maxine Waters to harass Trump administration officials wherever they go.
But it was a individual note in the column that soon grabbed consideration.
&ldquoI in no way believed I would see McCarthyism come to Martha&rsquos Vineyard, but I have,&rdquo he wrote, of the elite island enclave off Cape Cod exactly where he is a fixture.
Mr. Dershowitz, a self-professed &ldquoliberal Democrat,&rdquo mentioned that buddies on the Vineyard had snubbed him for publicly arguing against impeaching President Trump on television speak shows and in a forthcoming book.
&ldquoFor them, it is sufficient that what I have mentioned about the Constitution may possibly help Trump,&rdquo said the lawyer, known for his fierce advocacy for civil liberties and his defense of well-known customers like O.J. Simpson and Claus von Bulow. &ldquoSo they are shunning me and attempting to ban me from their social life on Martha&rsquos Vineyard.&rdquo
This claim only seemed to draw a wave of mockery on the internet that crested just as numerous of the nation&rsquos media and political elites headed to the Cape for the Fourth of July.
&ldquoIt is outrageous that people are now shunning Alan Dershowitz in their social lives,&rdquo one Twitter user wrote. &ldquoReally, what the heck took so extended?&rdquo
Many rejected the comparison to McCarthyism, with its blacklists and smears that ruined careers. Countless people presented Mr. Dershowitz their thoughts and prayers. One particular enterprising troll even set up a crowdfunding campaign with a $5 million objective to &ldquobuy Alan some new pals.&rdquo
His name and the name of the resort were both trending on social media. There were jokes about fine &ldquoVineyard whine.&rdquo
In an attempt to clarify matters, Mr. Dershowitz gave an interview to The Martha&rsquos Vineyard Occasions, published Tuesday, in which he stated that his column had been misunderstood.
&ldquoIf we&rsquore going to commence obtaining Republican parties and Democratic parties, that&rsquos not what the Island has been about,&rdquo he told the paper. &ldquoIt&rsquos a tragedy that it&rsquos come to the Island. This is supposed to be a location exactly where you leave your politics at the door.&rdquo
And he also responded to his critics on Twitter, saying he was &ldquoreveling, not whining&rdquo and &ldquoI&rsquom proud of taking an unpopular, principled position that gets me shunned by partisan zealots. It&rsquos not about me. I couldn&rsquot care significantly less about becoming shunned by such men and women.&rdquo
While Mr. Dershowitz, a frequent guest on Sean Hannity&rsquos prime-time Fox News show, has defended and dined with President Trump, he has also publicly opposed some of the president&rsquos policies. He voted for Hillary Clinton and stated in the op-ed that he is &ldquonot a Trump supporter.&rdquo
Probably it is no coincidence that his book, &ldquoThe Case Against Impeaching Trump,&rdquo will be released this month. He wrote that it &ldquocould just as easily have been the case against impeaching Hillary Clinton. Indeed, I wrote such a book about Bill Clinton.&rdquo
Mr. Dershowitz is a longtime presence on the Vineyard, exactly where he has been spotted in the past on Menemsha beach enjoying the sunset.
The summer time enclave, related with the Kennedys and other well-known Massachusetts families, has been for decades a preferred haunt of media executives, artists, writers, entertainers, politicians and Bostonians escaping the sweltering summer season in their hometown. John Kerry and Valerie Jarrett devote weeks right here for the duration of the summer season. So has Barack Obama, who continued the presidential tradition of snarling targeted traffic as people sought to catch a glimpse of him and his wife.
Mr. Dershowitz owns a property in Chilmark, a town probably best identified for Chilmark Chocolates, a candy shop where locals and visitors line up outside a swinging wood door to buy beetlebung bars, chocolate mixed with toffee and crushed almonds, a local favored.
Years ago, he gave &ldquoNew York&rdquo magazine a glimpse into his life as a dinner party host on the Vineyard, with guests that integrated authors and other luminaries.
&ldquoOne time, we had Yo-Yo Ma and seated him subsequent to this federal judge,&rdquo Mr. Dershowitz told the magazine. &ldquoWho would have believed it, but Yo-Yo and this judge have grow to be really good close friends.&rdquo
He was forthright about who wouldn&rsquot make the cut. &ldquoI rarely invite my academic colleagues,&rdquo Mr. Dershowitz said. &ldquoMost of them don&rsquot make good dinner guests.&rdquo
For at least 1 peer, the feeling is mutual. According to Mr. Dershowitz&rsquos op-ed in The Hill, an unnamed &ldquoacademic at a distinguished university&rdquo has refused to attend any dinner or party where he is present. That appears to be his major example of McCarthyism.
Published at Tue, 03 Jul 2018 19:30:41 +0000