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Alan Dershowitz on Losing Martha’s Vineyard Friends Over Trump: ‘It’s a Red Badge of Courage’

Dershowitz says that many of his former friends asked him for help when their kids were busted for marijuana or alcohol possession

Alan Dershowitz said good riddance to friends who no longer talk to him on Martha’s Vineyard or elsewhere as a result of his frequent advocacy of President Trump on Fox News, telling a radio show Tuesday that it was all evidence of his personal courage.

“The idea that some of these people aren’t talking to me is not a punishment, it’s a great reward. I am so pleased,” he told WABC radio hosts Rita Cosby and Curtis Sliwa on Tuesday. “It’s a red badge of courage for me that there are some people who prefer to shut down debate and not talk to me.”

“These are people who have asked me for help over the years, who have asked me for support when their kid gets busted on a marijuana charge, or on possession of alcohol, I’m the first one they call,” he added dismissively. “But as soon as I defend the rights of Donald Trump or anybody else they disagree with, I’m am a pariah.”

Dershowitz came in for quite a bit of mockery on Monday after writing an op-ed for The Hill in which the Harvard law professor lamented how he was no longer as hot on the cocktail circuit on the island.

“I am a liberal Democrat in politics… but that is not good enough for some of my old friends on Martha’s Vineyard. For them, it is enough that what I have said about the Constitution might help Trump. So they are shunning me and trying to ban me from their social life on Martha’s Vineyard,” he wrote.

Despite his friendship with Trump, and his increasingly frequency on Fox News, Dershowitz continues to describe himself as a “liberal Democrat” and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016.

You can listen to his full interview above