Dershowitz to Maxine Waters: 'Being black does not give you a license to call me a racist'

Alan Dershowitz late Monday slammed Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) for calling him a racist, arguing that the Democratic congresswoman "dilutes the term" by using it so often.

"She tosses around that term so promiscuously that it dilutes the term. She hurts her own cause because she’s crying wolf," the prominent attorney and constitutional law scholar told Laura Ingraham, who was filling in for Tucker Carlson on Fox News. "If everybody’s a racist, then no one is a racist. If I am a racist, then what is she going to call real, real racism?

"I marched in the South, I was involved in the civil rights movement all of my life," he continued. "Being black does not give you a license to call someone a racist just like being Jewish doesn’t give you a license to call people anti-Semites unless they actually are racists or anti-Semites."

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Waters had said it was "absolutely racist for Dershowitz to assert that special counsel Robert Mueller impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C., because it has a "solidly Democratic" and "ethnic and racial composition" not favorable to President Trump.

"What he is saying is all of those black people are there and they don't like Trump and so he's not going to get a fair trial and so they should take it out of that jurisdiction. It shouldn't be there to begin with. I don't like that, and I'm surprised that Alan Dershowitz is talking like that," Waters told MSNBC's Chris Hayes on Friday night.

"We will not stand for it. We will push back against that because that is absolutely racist," she added.

"For her to use that term when I make an utterly uncontroversial statement, I mean there is not a criminal lawyer or prosecutor or defense attorney who would disagree with the statement that Mueller got an advantage by moving the case to the District of Columbia," Dershowitz, 78, told Ingraham. 

"He has a better chance of getting a favorable jury pool in the District of Columbia than he would in Virginia. Everybody would agree with that." 

The 78-year-old Waters has emerged as one Trump's most visible critics in Congress, going so far as to call for his impeachment. 

Waters, who represents California's 43rd District, has been in Congress since 1991.