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Alan Dershowitz Kvetches About Martha’s Vineyard — And The Internet Laughs At Him

Alan Dershowitz had a thing or two to say about liberals pestering Trump administration officials. At least that’s what he claimed he was talking about.

The bulk of the legal eagle’s latest oped is really more about how Dershowitz’s friends in Martha’s Vineyard are “shunning” him for his support of Trump on Fox News and elsewhere.

He even went so far as to compare his ill treatment with McCarthyism.

The internet had a field day.

Slate’s Matthew Dessem re-imagined the kvetch-sesh in the style of William Earnest Henley’s poem “Invictus” with such choice lines as:

“When invitations don’t arrive/I have not winced or cried aloud./Watching my social prospects dive,/My head is bloody, but unbowed.”


“Beyond the ferry to Oak Bluffs/Loom lonely days and lonely nights,/Because when things start getting tough,/I call my friends McCarthyites.”

New York Times opinion writer Wajahat Ali added some savage perspective.

The Washington Post’s Alexandra Petri made a sartorial crack in the vein of the Vineyard Vines clothing brand.

MSNBC’s Chris Hayes thought it was a gag at first.

Few people took Dershowitz’s side. So the semi-retired Harvard Law prof served as his own defense against the Twitter shamers.

The irony of course is, there don’t seem to be many safe spaces left for Dershowitz.

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