Dershowitz: Ellison's Defeat A Victory In War Against Bigotry, Anti-Semitism And A Hard Left Party

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Alan Dershowitz weighed in on the decision to make Tom Perez chairman of the Democratic party on Sunday's FOX & Friends. Dershowitz previously threatened to leave the party if Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) was made chairman because of his anti-Israeli positions. He even said that if he were a Republican he would hope the Democrats choose Ellison as their leader.

Perez, however, decided to appoint Ellison as vice-chair of the Democratic party.

"I'm staying in the party because Ellison was defeated and the Ellison defeat is a victory in the war against bigotry, anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel push of the hard left within the Democratic party," Dershowitz said Sunday.

"Ellison was a point of principle," he said. "I wouldn't leave the Democratic party if they were moving slightly to the left. I'll fight them. It's because of his history of anti-Semitism, his close connection to Farrakhan, his abandonment of Israel. He voted against the Iron Dome. Can you imagine any reasonable person voting against a missile system designed to protect innocent civilians against terrorist rocket attacks? And so that was my principled opposition, it was about him as a person."

Dershowitz, calling it an uphill fight, said he will push the Democratic party "toward the center," and try to move it away from it's "opposition to Israel and to American values." He warned that Democrats are marginalizing themselves into a hard-left party when America is not a hard-left country.

"They have to understand that we are not a hard-left country," Dershowitz said. "When the Democrats nominated McGovern, when they nominated Dukakis, when they nominated Walter Mondale, the three of them didn't get enough electoral votes to win one election. You'd think they'd learn the lesson that they have to move to the center. We are a centrist country."

"They have to attract the people they lost in the last election -- in Minnesota, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania -- and Keith Ellison is not going to do that! He will alienate all of those people," he said.

Dershowitz's full scathing remarks:

DERSHOWITZ: I'm staying in the party because Ellison was defeated and the Ellison defeat is a victory in the war against bigotry, anti-Semitism, the anti-Israel push of the hard left within the Democratic party.

Look, I wish that Perez hadn't appointed Ellison to any position in the Democratic party. But I am going to stay in the Democratic party to work and try to move it toward to the center, to move it away it from the hard left, to try to move it away its twist to its opposition to Israel and to American values. It's going to be an uphill fight but I am there to fight.

We won this battle. We won the battle when at the convention they tried to put an anti-Israel element in the platform. We won that narrowly. So I think we can still fight and win for centrist values.

Look, the Democrats are marginalizing themselves. They have to understand that we are not a hard-left country. When the Democrats nominated McGovern, when they nominated Dukakis, when they nominated Walter Mondale, the three of them didn't get enough electoral votes to win one election. You'd think they'd learn the lesson that they have to move to the center. We are a centrist country.

And I worry that the Republicans are moving too far right in some ways, that the Democrats are moving too far left with what's happening in Europe. We have to return to the vital center and have debates between centrist liberals and centrist conservatives. That's where our country is...

They have to win in the center of the country. They do not have to try to attract the Jill Stein Green Party voters. Those people, those extremists, will never vote for a liberal Democrat because no one will ever be far enough left for them. They have to attract people in middle America.

They have to attract the people they lost in the last election -- in Minnesota, in Michigan, in Pennsylvania -- and Keith Ellison is not going to do that! He will alienate all of those people. So it was a smart move on the part of the "Democratic establishment" to move slightly toward the center. But I am worried that the pressure from the Sanders wing is still going to push.

FOX & FRIENDS: What would cause you to leave other than Ellison having been elected?

DERSHOWITZ: Well, for me, Ellison was a point of principle. I wouldn't leave the Democratic party if they were moving slightly to the left. I'll fight them. It's because of his history of anti-Semitism, his close connection to Farrakhan, his abandonment of Israel. He voted against the Iron Dome. Can you imagine any reasonable person voting against a missile system designed to protect innocent civilians against terrorist rocket attacks? And so that was my principled opposition, it was about him as a person.

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