Noted lefty lawyer Alan Dershowitz proclaimed unequivocally that he will leave the Democratic Party — after six decades of membership — if Keith Ellison is elected as DNC chair.
Dershowitz, who is Jewish, is appalled by Ellison’s ties to anti-Semitic causes — most notably his association with Louis Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
In a poignant op-ed for The Hill, Mr. Dershowitz outlines his concerns:
There has been powerful push from the hard-left of the Democratic Party, led by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), to elect Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) chairman. If he is elected, I will quit the party after 60 years of loyal association and voting. I will become an independent, continuing to vote for the best candidates, most of whom, I assume, will still be Democrats. But I will not contribute to the DNC or support it as an institution.
My loyalty to my country and my principles and my heritage exceeds any loyalty to my party. I will urge other like-minded people — centrist liberals — to follow my lead and quit the Democratic Party if Ellison is elected chairman. We will not be leaving the Democratic Party we have long supported. The Democratic Party will be leaving us!
Dershowitz goes on to state:
Ellison has a long history of sordid association with anti-Semitism. He worked with and repeatedly defended one of a handful of the most notorious and public anti-Semites in our country: The Reverend Louis Farrakhan. And worked with Farrakhan at the very time this anti-Semite was publicly describing Judaism as a “gutter religion” and insisting that the Jews were a primary force in the African slave trade.
Ellison has publicly stated that he was unaware of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. That is not a credible statement. Everyone was aware of Farrakhan’s anti-Semitism. Farrakhan did not try to hide it. Indeed, he proclaimed it on every occasion. Ellison is either lying or he willfully blinded himself to what was obvious to everyone else. Neither of these qualities makes him suitable to be the next chairman of the DNC.
It’s shocking that during a time when the left is trying to paint the right as anti-Semitic –- aligning the Trump administration with rogue white nationalist Richard Spencer (who was kicked out of CPAC), and his “Hail Trump” stunt roundly denounced by the president -– the Democrats have an actual verifiable anti-Semite, not only in its ranks, but running to lead the party. And, the deafening sound of crickets chirping is all the left offers up.
Not only has the Trump administration denounced the anti-Semitism claims, it was reported today that the Pentagon is dropping the Obama-preferred title of ISIL, in favor of ISIS when discussing the terror group. ISIL is the term delegitimizing our ally Israel in the region.
Further, earlier this week, Vice-President Pence quietly paid a visit to a recently vandalized Jewish cemetery to assist with the clean-up.
However, in contrast, the left has yet to “clean up” its own party, and rid it of the anti-Semitic elements weighing it down.
Let’s hope Professor Dershowitz does leave the Democratic Party –- and makes good on that promise to encourage others to do the same.
[Note: This post was written by Marie Stroughter. Follow her on Twitter @MarieStroughter]