Since his election in 2016, Donald Trump has enjoyed the stalwart support of lawyer and commentator Alan Dershowitz. The former Harvard professor claims his family and friends are “horrified” over his defense of the President.
That made Dershowitz’s latest comments about who he would support during the 2020 election all that more surprising. The lawyer told Sirius XM that he would support at least one Democrat ahead of Trump if it came to that.
Dershowitz was asked by host, Dan Abrams, “You’re not going to vote for Donald Trump, are you?” The lawyer responded, “It depends who runs against him. If Bernie Sanders is nominated, that would present a real dilemma for me. I don’t think under any circumstances I could vote for a man who went to England and campaigned for a bigot and anti-Semite like Jeremy Corbin. I don’t think I could do it, I couldn’t pull that lever.”
Abrams countered by asking if he would consider voting for Biden. ““I’m a strong supporter of Joe Biden,” said Dershowitz. “I like Joe Biden. I’ve liked him for a long time and I could enthusiastically support Joe Biden.” Then he followed, “Over Donald Trump, yeah.”
Given his recent support of President Trump, the comments come off as a bit surprising. Dershowitz, though, has a long history of political liberalism. According to Politico, during the 60’s and 70’s, “he established himself as one of the most prominent and consistent defenders of civil liberties in America.”
Donald Trump has yet to comment of Dershowitz’s interview.
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