Alan Dershowitz, a renowned lawyer and staunch defender of the Constitution, has recently shared a fascinating story about loyalty, friendship, and standing up to high-profile political figures. It’s a narrative where Dershowitz, who notably represented former President Donald Trump during his first impeachment, had to confront then-President Barack Obama over an invitation to Geraldo Rivera, a former Fox News contributor.
In a recent appearance on “The Charlie Kirk Show,” Dershowitz opened up about his increasing estrangement from the Democratic Party. He recalled an intriguing event surrounding his 75th birthday celebrations back in 2013. Despite extending an invitation to President Obama, Dershowitz received an unexpected ultimatum: Obama would only attend if Rivera was disinvited.
Not one to yield under pressure, Dershowitz showcased his loyalty and integrity by refusing to rescind Rivera’s invitation. “And I’m a loyal guy, I said to the president of the United States no, Geraldo Rivera is coming, you can stay away, and the president of the United States stayed away from my 75th birthday because I invited Geraldo Rivera,” Dershowitz recounted.
The attorney, known for his unwavering belief in loyalty and friendship, maintained his stand against Obama’s demands, despite any political consequences. “I don’t agree with Geraldo on everything, but he’s my friend, so of course I invited him to my 75th birthday and I’m inviting him to my 85th birthday,” he added.
Dershowitz’s defense of Trump, based on constitutional principles, has not been without its repercussions. He noted an increasing alienation from his liberal friends, solely because he defended Trump. Anecdotes of being “canceled” by friends and community spaces, including his synagogue, the community center, and even Martha’s Vineyard, give a glimpse into the intolerance he faces for merely upholding differing views.
“It’s just they just don’t want to hear opposing points of view — that’s not liberal — it’s called progressive, but it’s regressive,” Dershowitz pointed out.
When asked about his motivation to keep fighting, despite not necessarily sharing Trump’s political views, Dershowitz was clear. His driving force is neither political alignment nor shared ideology. Instead, it’s his unwavering love for the Constitution and the United States of America. He emphasizes the importance of standing up for one’s principles, displaying a much-needed dose of courage in a world increasingly intolerant of dissenting views.
Dershowitz’s tale not only underlines the value of loyalty and friendship but also serves as a reminder of the importance of principle over political expediency. It’s a valuable lesson for us all, particularly in an era where friendships are often sacrificed at the altar of political correctness.