- The Washington Times - Monday, July 9, 2018

After famed liberal law professor and attorney Alan Dershowitz said he’d been shunned at Martha’s Vineyard due to his willingness to defend President Trump’s civil liberties, the island’s local newspaper decided to put his claims to the test.

The Martha’s Vineyard Times asked readers if they would invite Mr. Dershowitz to dinner — 37 percent said yes, compared to 63 percent who said no.

Of those who said yes, 42 percent said they would invite him because they agreed with his public defense of the president. Of those who said no, 56 percent said the reason was because they disagreed with his defense of the president.

Mr. Dershowitz has claimed he’s been bullied by liberal elites on the island, including one time when a woman said she wanted to stab him “through the heart.” Mr. Dershowitz said the vitriol is because he regularly appears on Fox News and takes a fair approach to critiquing Mr. Trump, despite being a longtime liberal Democrat and Hillary Clinton supporter.

“I am a liberal Democrat in politics, but a neutral civil libertarian when it comes to the Constitution,” Mr. Dershowitz recently wrote in an op-ed for The Hill. “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.”

Speaking to The New York Times over the weekend, Mr. Dershowitz said the treatment he’s received in the Trump era is worse than when he defended O.J. Simpson and Mike Tyson in court.

“This is much worse than all that, because in those cases people were critical of me, but they were prepared to discuss it. They were prepared to have a dialogue,” he said. “Here, the people that I’m objecting to want to stop the dialogue. They don’t want to have the conversation. It will upset people at the dinner party or on the porch. This is like safe spaces in colleges.

“Today the passions are so strong that if I do anything that is perceived as helping Donald Trump, I am an evil conspirator,” he added.

Copyright © 2020 The Washington Times, LLC. Click here for reprint permission.

Please read our comment policy before commenting.