Alan Dershowitz called Bernie Sanders a ‘self-hating Jew’ over his stance on Israel-Palestine violence

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Attorney Alan Dershowitz, a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team, speaks to the press in the Senate Reception Room during the Senate impeachment trial at the U.S. Capitol on January 29, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • High-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz called Sen. Bernie Sanders a “self-hating Jew.”
  • He was responding to the senator’s stance on Israel-Palestine violence, which escalated this week.
  • Sanders called for a ceasefire and said both Israel and Palestinians have a “right to live in peace and security.”
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Lawyer Alan Dershowitz called Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is Jewish, a “self-hating jew” over his stance on the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Dershowitz, a former Harvard law professor and high-profile defense attorney who has represented Jeffrey Epstein, OJ Simpson, and Donald Trump, was speaking on the right-wing outlet Newsmax.

“Inadvertently you get the social media supporting Hamas, the New York Times supporting Hamas, and it sends a very powerful message: ‘Do it again,'” he said. “You’ll prevail on this because of the antisemitism that stimulates so much of this. And you can be a Jew and an antisemite.”

He then commended President Joe Biden for his statements on the violence. The president said earlier this week that “Israel has a right to defend itself” in response to the escalating violence.

Dershowitz compared Biden’s response to the Vermont senator’s.

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“But Bernie Sanders, who’s Jewish, is a self-hating Jew,” he said. “A self-hating Jew who is willing to see Israel be defeated militarily by a terrorist group because he’s on the hard left.”

In a New York Times essay published Friday, Sanders called for an immediate ceasefire and an “evenhanded approach” to the Israel-Palestine conflict.

“Israel has the absolute right to live in peace and security, but so do the Palestinians,” Sanders wrote.

He called the firing of missiles into Israel by Hamas, a Palestinian militant group that controls Gaza, “unacceptable,” and said there was no argument against Israel’s “right to defend itself.” But he also wrote that the US has neglected the rights of the Palestinian people.

He said the US must stop being “apologists” for the way Israel’s government has treated Palestinians.

Violence has escalated recently after an Israeli court ruled Palestinians could be evicted from their homes in East Jerusalem and replaced by Jewish settlers, Insider’s Azmi Haroun reported. The conflict has led to hundreds of attacks by Hamas and Israel since Monday.

The Israeli airstrikes on Gaza have left at least 126 Palestinians dead, including 31 children, The Associated Press reported. In Israeli, Hamas attacks have killed seven people, including one child.

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Alan Dershowitz accused Maxine Waters of using ‘KKK tactics’ to intimidate the jury in the Chauvin murder trial

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Alan Dershowitz, who was a member of President Donald Trump’s legal team during the first impeachment trial, has weighed in on Rep. Maxine Waters’ comments in Minneapolis.

  • Lawyer Alan Dershowitz accused Waters of intimidating the jury with tactics from the “KKK playbook.”
  • He said Waters had intended to “get to the jury” with threats if they acquitted Chauvin.
  • Dershowitz added that Judge Peter Cahill should have granted Chauvin a mistrial.
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Lawyer Alan Dershowitz has accused Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of using tactics from the Ku Klux Klan “playbook” to “intimidate the jury” in the Derek Chauvin murder trial.

In a televised interview with Newsmax, Dershowitz likened Waters’ actions to that of the KKK in the “1920s and 1930s.”

“The Klan would march outside of courthouses and threaten all kinds of reprisals if the jury ever dared convict a white person or acquit a black person,” he said.

He was referring to comments that Waters made on Saturday to people protesting the police shooting of 20-year-old Daunte Wright at a traffic stop in Brooklyn Center, an incident that occurred just 10 miles from where Chauvin’s high-profile murder trial was taking place.

According to a video posted on Twitter, Waters said she and the crowd were “looking for a guilty verdict” for Chauvin.

“We’ve got to stay in the streets, and we’ve got to demand justice,” Waters said. “I am hopeful that we will get a verdict that says, ‘guilty, guilty, guilty,’ and if we don’t, we cannot go away. We’ve got to get more confrontational.”

Dershowitz said, “First of all, the judge should have granted the motion for a mistrial based on the efforts of Congresswoman Waters to influence the jury.”

“Her message was clearly intended to get to the jury: ‘If you will acquit or if you find the charge less than murder, we will burn down your buildings. We will burn down your businesses. We will attack you. We will do what happened to the witness – blood on their door,'” he said.

Dershowitz told Newsmax that Waters’ “intimidation tactics” and the “threat of violence” should have resulted in a mistrial.

“The judge, of course, wouldn’t grant a mistrial because then he’d be responsible for the riots that would ensue, even though it was Waters who was responsible,” Dershowitz added.

Chauvin was convicted on Tuesday of second-degree unintentional murder, third-degree murder, and second-degree manslaughter after jurors deliberated for more than 10 hours over two days.

Dershowitz is not the first to criticize Waters for her comments, as her statements over the weekend in Minneapolis prompted a strong backlash from Republican lawmakers.

Marjorie Taylor Greene and Ted Cruz quickly accused Waters of inciting violence, and Greene said that she had moved forward with filing a resolution on Monday to “expel” Waters from Congress for “inciting violent riots and Black Lives Matter terrorism.”

Meanwhile, minority leader Kevin McCarthy also filed a resolution of his own to censure Waters for her comments.

House Democrats blocked the resolution on Tuesday with a 216-to-210 vote.

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Trump is considering Rudy Giuliani and Alan Dershowitz for his defense team if he faces another impeachment trial

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Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani listens as U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Briefing Room of the White House on September 27, 2020 in Washington, DC.

  • President Trump is considering appointing Rudy Giuliani and the high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his defense team in the event he faces another impeachment trial, CNN reports.
  • Giuliani is expected to support the president, one source familiar with the matter said.
  • Dershowitz has also said he would take on the job, adding he “would be honored to once again defend the Constitution against partisan efforts to weaponize it for political purposes.”
  • Trump’s original legal team who defended him during his first impeachment trial has been sidelined.
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President Trump is considering appointing his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and the high-profile lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his defense team in case he faces another impeachment trial this week, two sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

The president has been under pressure to resign or face impeachment after a mob of his supporters stormed and ransacked the US Capitol on Wednesday.

House Democrats are already drafting an article of impeachment for “incitement of an insurrection,” which is expected to be presented early this week.

Giuliani, who called for “trial by combat” as he spoke to Trump supporters hours before the deadly siege, is expected to represent the president, one of the sources told CNN. 

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Dershowitz, who previously represented the notorious billionaire sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, already said he would be willing to take on the job.

“He [Trump] has not committed a constitutionally impeachable offense and I would be honored to once again defend the Constitution against partisan efforts to weaponize it for political purposes,” Dershowitz told The Hill on Saturday.

Meanwhile, Trump’s original team of lawyers who defended him during his first impeachment trial in December 2019, are unlikely to be rejoining him, CNN reports.

These include constitutional attorney Jay Sekulow and attorney Jane Raskin, as well as White House counsel Pat Cipollone, who is said to have considered resigning in recent days.

Trump was impeached by the House in December 2019 on articles for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress. The Republican-controlled US Senate ended up acquitting Trump on both articles in January 2020. 

According to a memo sent to Republican Senators by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell earlier this week, there is no way Trump could be removed from office before President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated because the Senate is in recess until January 19.

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Alan Dershowitz says Texas lawsuit tossed by Supreme Court should tell Trump’s allies that they ‘can’t count on the judiciary’ to invalidate election results

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Alan Dershowitz listens to President Donald Trump speak during a Hanukkah reception in the East Room of the White House in December 2019.

  • Alan Dershowitz on Sunday said that the Supreme Court’s decision to toss the Texas election lawsuit signaled a message to President Donald Trump’s camp that they “can’t count of the judiciary” to invalidate the election results, according to The Hill.
  • Dershowitz said that Trump’s campaign needed a “perfect storm” in order to invalidate the election results, with courts, governors, and state election officials aiding his cause.
  • “I suspect on Monday we will see the electors…elect Joe Biden,” he said. “Whether you like that or you don’t like it, that’s the reality that the Trump team has to face.”
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Constitutional law scholar Alan Dershowitz on Sunday said that the Supreme Court’s decision to toss the Texas election lawsuit signaled a message to President Donald Trump and his allies that they “can’t count of the judiciary” to invalidate the election results, according to The Hill.

Dershowitz spoke about the recent case that sought to overturn the results in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania during a WABC 770 AM radio interview with New York businessman John Catsimatidis. In an unsigned order issued on Friday, the high court rejected the lawsuit due to lack of standing.

“The three justices that President Trump appointed, his three justices, voted not to hear the case,” Dershowitz said.  “I think it’s a message to him and his team that you can’t count on the judiciary, you can’t count on the courts,” he said.

During his presidency, Trump successfully installed jurists Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, which shifted the balance of the court to a 6-3 conservative majority.

He said that Trump’s campaign needed a “perfect storm” in order to invalidate the election results, with courts, governors, and state election officials aiding his cause.

However, with the Electoral College meeting on December 14, further attempts to litigate the results are even more implausible as they were after the election was called for President-elect Joe Biden in November.

Dershowitz said that state legislatures are “very, very unlikely” to help the president.

He added: “So I suspect on Monday we will see the electors…elect Joe Biden. Whether you like that or you don’t like it, that’s the reality that the Trump team has to face.”

The Trump campaign has unleashed a litany of election lawsuits across the country since the election was called for Biden, with virtually all of the litigation proving unsuccessful. Nonetheless, the president continues to spread debunked allegations of widespread voter fraud, none of which have been successfully proven in court.

The Supreme Court ruling on Friday came just days after the court declined to take up a similar Republican-backed case that focused on Pennsylvania’s election results.

Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s personal attorney, told Newsmax on Friday that the campaign would present its case in district court.

“We’re not finished,” he said. “Believe me.”

Dershowitz was a member of Trump’s defense team during his impeachment trial earlier this year, where he argued that the president should not have been removed from office for abuse of power and obstruction of Congress because the charges did not constitute “high crimes.”

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