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Dershowitz: I’m treated worse for defending Trump than I was for O.J. Simpson
Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz said he has had a harder time defending President Trump than he did with other "unpopular" figures like O.J. Simpson.
In an interview with The New York Times published on Saturday, Dershowitz dove into the fallout he received following a column he penned for The Hill, in which he argued that he had fallen victim to McCarthy-like shunning tactics by his colleagues in Martha's Vineyard.
Dershowitz, who helped acquit Simpson of murder charges in 1995, said the chilly reception came from his defense of Trump.
"I'm enjoying this," Dershowitz said. "It's a red badge of courage."
"This [reception] is much worse than all that, because in those cases [Claus von Bulow or Leona Helmsley or Michael Milken or Mike Tyson] people were critical of me, but they were prepared to discuss it," he added. "They were prepared to have a dialogue."
Dershowitz compared his ostracism to college "safe spaces," condemning what he said was a desire to avoid engaging in dialogue about his views.
"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," he said.
"Today the passions are so strong that if I do anything that is perceived as helping Donald Trump, I am an evil conspirator," Dershowitz added.
Dershowitz claimed in his opinion piece for The Hill that old colleagues and friends had decided to "shun" him for his views about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, which he has said should end.
"At a party this week on Martha's Vineyard, a woman said, 'If Dershowitz were here tonight, I'd stab him through the heart,' " he said on Fox News Thursday.
The commentary resulted in mockery on social media and on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," where Dershowitz was chided by the show's co-host Joe Scarborough for being Trump's "mouthpiece."
"I'm just not sure how this goes down in steel country," added BBC World News reporter Katty Kay, a guest on the program. "Are they sitting there in Lorain, Ohio, saying 'Oh my god, we're so sorry that Mr. Dershowitz has come into trouble because he's opposed the Mueller investigation.' "