Alan Dershowitz is firing back over his ‘shunning’ on Martha’s Vineyard

“I’ve got a lot of friends. And my real friends are completely supportive."

Alan Dershowitz.
Former attorney and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz. REUTERS/Andrew Innerarity

Alan Dershowitz wants you to know he isn’t “whining.”.

The famous liberal lawyer and longtime Harvard professor recently became the subject of much mockery after he wrote in an op-ed for The Hill last week that he was being shunned by “some of [his] old friends on Martha’s Vineyard” for his outspoken defense of President Donald Trump.

Dershowitz, however, says he is unfazed by the cold shoulder he’s getting from his “fairweather friends” — or, as he also calls them, “partisan zealots.”

“I’m reveling not whining,” he tweeted Tuesday. “I’m proud of taking an unpopular, principled position that gets me shunned by partisan zealots. It’s not about me. I couldn’t care less about being shunned by such people.


Dershowitz said the issue is “their unwillingness to engage in dialogue,” adding that it’s “bad enough when college students demand trigger warnings and safe spaces to avoid hearing views with which they disagree.”

“But it’s worse when it comes from professors and media people,” he said. “It’s a dangerous sign of the times.”

Dershowitz has been a perhaps surprising critic of the special counsel investigation of Trump, which the former defense lawyer and civil liberties advocate says is a principled stand against partisan, prosecutorial overreach, and privately dined with the Republican president in April. That doesn’t mean Dershowitz necessarily supports Trump. An avowed Democrat, he also says he voted for Hillary Clinton and opposes many of the president’s policies, such as the administration’s recent separation of migrant children from their parents.


In an interview Tuesday with The Boston Globe, the 79-year-old retired professor said he could “care less about cocktail parties.” But he also said he’s getting plenty of invites because of the “shunning” he’s received. More of them, even. According to the Globe, Dershowitz said his schedule is packed with two parties Tuesday and another on Wednesday.

It’s a point he also made in a separate interview Tuesday with the Martha’s Vineyard Times.

“I couldn’t care less about being invited to a few parties,” Dershowitz told the Times. “I’m actually getting more invitations. People are saying, ‘Come to my party. We don’t approve of what’s going on.’”


Dershowitz reportedly moved to Martha’s Vineyard in 2014 after he retired from Harvard. He told the local paper it’s a “tragedy” that such political divineness has infested the island.

“This is supposed to be a place where you leave your politics at the door,” he said.

Dershowitz even told the Globe that he’s willing to debate the people who were actively attempting to avoid him on the Martha’s Vineyard party circuit. And he says he feels vindicated by his “real friends.”

“I’ve got a lot of friends. And my real friends are completely supportive — especially those who disagree,” Dershowitz told the Globe. “One of them says, ‘You’re absolutely right about everything you’re saying. Why can’t you just shut the [expletive] up?’”