Attorney Alan Dershowitz continued his all-out media blitz with a lengthy appearance on “The View” Tuesday morning. The Harvard Law School professor emeritus discussed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, his new book that outlines the case against impeaching Trump, and why he doesn’t mind being ostracized on Martha’s Vineyard for his opinions.
Regarding Kavanaugh, Dershowitz said that, as a liberal democrat, he would have preferred that someone like Yale Law School Professor Akhil Reed Amar receive the nomination. But he noted that he didn’t believe in rejecting a nominee before knowing what they had to say in confirmation hearings.
“I want to hear the questions. I want to hear the answers. But I’m not gonna go along with Liz Warren, my friend [and] colleague, who says we’re gonna oppose everybody,” Dershowitz said, referencing Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “I hate the way justices get confirmed these days. It’s so political. I wish we could go back to the days when justices got confirmed 99-1.”
Dershowitz insisted that the opinions expressed in his new book, “The Case Against Impeaching Trump,” are rooted in his interpretation of constitutional law and have nothing to do with his opinion of Trump. In fact, he said he would have penned a very similar book if Hillary Clinton had won the election.
“I’d have written the same book, except it would have had a different name: ‘The Case Against Impeaching Clinton,’” Dershowitz told the co-hosts of “The View.” “I would’ve said exactly the same thing, made the same arguments, and the people on Martha’s Vineyard would be hugging me and kissing me, and all the liberals would love me. But because I’m making the case for a president they disapprove of, a civil liberties-neutral case, they don’t like me so much.”
For those not up to speed on the island drama, Dershowitz complained in a June 27 column for The Hill that acquaintances were “shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard” over his defenses of Trump. Multiple publications (including this one) published numerous stories on the subject for days afterward, even prompting New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet to tell the Daily Beast that the newspaper should have “coordinated better and done fewer” stories about Dershowitz’s squabbles.
When asked on “The View” Tuesday if writing “The Case Against Impeaching Trump” was worth facing the cold shoulder of his friends on Martha’s Vineyard, Dershowitz was incredulous.
“Worth it? Are you kidding?” Dershowitz said. “First of all, I’ve been ostracized before. It makes you understand the difference between your real friends.”
Ultimately, however, Dershowitz said that he has now been in contact with the people on Martha’s Vineyard who had frozen him out. In his mind, the brief flare-up was indicative of a greater issue.
“I am now back in dialogue with the people who originally weren’t talking to me,” Dershowitz said. “I think it’s all fine.
“This is a bigger issue,” Dershowitz continued. “This is about what’s going on on college campuses today, where students aren’t talking to each other. When I argue a case in court… we argue ferociously, and then we shake hands. … And then we go out for drinks. That isn’t happening in America anymore between Republicans and Democrats.”