Alan Dershowitz: I’ll Resign From the Democratic Party if Keith Ellison Named DNC Chair


While appearing on Fox Business today to express criticism of Secretary of State John Kerry’s speech on Israel, famed law professor Alan Dershowitz insisted that if the Democratic National Committee went with a certain choice for its leadership, he’d no longer call himself a Democrat.

Speaking to host Sandra Smith, Dershowitz slammed the possibility of Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) being named the new DNC Chairman, pointing to Ellison’s association with the Nation of Islam’s Louis Farrakhan, who is well-known for his anti-Semitic views.

“If they now appoint Keith Ellison, who worked with Farrakhan, to be chairman of the DNC, you’re going to see a lot of people leave,” Dershowitz noted.

He continued, “I’m going to tell you right here on this show, and this is news – if they appoint Keith Ellison to be chairman of the Democratic Party, I will resign my membership to the Democratic Party after 50 years of being a loyal Democrat.”

Dershowitz, bringing up the UN resolution on Israel that the US abstained from, also explained that he can’t be part of a party that has Ellison as a chairman and “through policies like that espoused by John Kerry and Barack Obama.”

Ellison, the first Muslim elected to Congress, came under fire weeks ago over older statements he made that could be seen as anti-Semitic or bigoted, with the Anti-Defamation League calling them “disturbing and disqualifying.” The Minnesota lawmaker is considered one of the top candidates to take over the DNC leadership post.

Watch the clip above, via Fox Business.

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